Living the commands of Jesus

For the lesson titled "Christ Jesus" from August 20-26, 2012

Some people view Jesus as a wonderful but mysterious character, somewhat removed from our everyday lives. Yet in the Responsive Reading of this week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Christ Jesus,” Jesus tells his disciples that they are friends, not servants (see John 15:10–16 ). And this Lesson shows how we can all work to feel closer to Jesus’ example and embrace him as a friend, especially by following his teachings and commandments.

Jesus’ closest friends appear to have been his disciples. The Gospels of Matthew and Mark seem to speak only of the twelve as disciples, but Luke and John include all of Jesus’ followers. Matthew’s list of the twelve is in chapter 10, verses 2–4 (which matches Mark’s, in chapter 3, verses 13–19 ). 

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