Here, Jesus says that he is giving a new command. He knows that this will catch the attention of the disciples and have them on the edge of their seat. They know that the Torah says that there is not to be any addition or removing from the Commandments. But then when Jesus tells them what the new commandment is, to love one another, it becomes clear that this is not a new commandment. Instead, what he is telling them is that he and his wife have been an example about how they should keep the commandments. If they are to be his disciples and if they are to keep the commandments then they will love one another as he has loved them. This is the perfect keeping of the commandments.
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