We kicked off our musicals Bible study with "Seasons of Love" from RENT. Using that song and John 13:35 I made the assertion that you can measure your life as a Christian by your love. All of the other things that we do (living a moral life, evangelism, worship, etc.) come out of love. Jesus said that loving God and loving others sums up the whole law. So if we will check out how we love then we will have a good idea with how we close we are getting to living a life like Jesus.
While I am talking about this I love how John opens chapter 13. He is about to tell about the events that lead up to Jesus’ death and he throws out these words:
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1
Of course John is talking about Jesus washing their feet, but he is also talking about His upcoming death. There is another cool thing like that in John 15. Jesus says that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends and then immediately looks at the disciples and calls them his friends. You know when John was writing that down and remembering that moment in light of the cross there were tears in his eyes.
To close tonight we did something a little less spiritual. I set up a 360 with 2 guitars to play guitar hero and my original Xbox with 2 dance pads to play Dance, Dance, Revolution. And in honor of the "musicals" study we spent the last 15 minutes just playing together. Many of the youth stayed later than just 15 minutes too. It was one of those really cool times when it seems like everyone just gets a long for a moment. It was just a moment, but it was good. There are few thing that bring people together like play.