Sunday Morning 10-28-2012

Posted by Sherry


“...AS I HAVE LOVED YOU...”
AND HOW IS THAT?
John 13:31-35 
CBC 10/28/12
INTRO: Jesus is facing the closure of His earthly ministry.
Not much time left to “give another devotional” (my pet peeve”)...
What He says now must be to the point
It must be accepted and put into immediate practice.
Every moment and every word counted...

After dinner he took his chance…and said: 
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, love one another.” 
This question…simple and genuine…cuts to the core of HOW he loved…
HOW he wants us to live and love…today and everyday…
Here’s what Jesus meant when he commanded us
“Love one another…AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.” 

  1. Leprosy Love of Jesus…
    1. first thing Jesus does coming off the greatest sermon ever given…the sermon on the mount? 
    2. Visits, touches, and cures the most outcast person of his culture…a man with leprosy…who are the lepers in our lives?

  1. Leftovers Love of Jesus…
    1. on two occasions, Jesus fed masses and made sure there were leftovers! 
    2. He didn’t ask for food stamps or demand proof of membership…
    3. he fed them all and said, “I’ll always have more than you need…more love that is!” 
Who is starved for love in our lives?

  1. Tough Love of Jesus…
    1. the rich young man who claimed to have kept all the commandments asked Jesus what else he needed to do…
    2. JC said, sell your possessions, give the money to the poor and follow me…
    3. the guy bailed out. 
    4. Too tough…but true. 
    5. JC wanted him to get rid of anything that stood between them... 
    6. Who needs to hear the tough truth about what stands between us and God in lives?

  1. Blind Love of Jesus…
    1. the exchange between Bartimeaus, the blind guy inspires me every time. 
    2. Just when people who were embarrassed by Bart were telling him to leave Jesus alone…
    3. that Jesus had more important things to do…
    4. Jesus said, “Come here Bart…
    5. their opinion of you matters not to me!” Who are we embarrassed of?

  1. Unlikely Love of Jesus…one of my favorites. 
    1. No one was more unlikable than shrimpy little Zaccheus. 
    2. He was the Roman Tax collector who enforced the Roman tax by cruising around with a couple of thugs. 
    3. Zach kept his own share…
    4. he bought his friends with it. 
    5. No one liked him…
    6. but Jesus called him out of that tree and had dinner with him. 
    7. Can we count the number of people in our lives that we don’t like?

  1. Look-in-the-Mirror Love of Jesus…
    1. Few accounts as vivid as the woman caught in the act of adultery…
    2. Jesus standing between the woman and the gathered crowd with fists full of rocks ready to stone her to death…
    3. Jesus says…”Look in the mirror…
    4. who is without faults throw the first one.”
    5. How quick are we to judge others without inspecting our own lives first?

  1. Stinky Feet Love of Jesus…
    1. as gross as our feet get from time to time…
    2. it can’t be anything compared to first century feet when they had no socks, shoes, paved roads, carpeted floors, showers, or baths…
    3. as bad as they were Jesus cleaned them by hand… 
    4. humbling himself to servant of all. 
    5. When was the last time we humbly served someone in our lives?

  • When Jesus said, “In the same way I loved you, love one another” he meant all of these things…
    • Leprosy Love, 
    • Leftovers Love, 
    • Tough Love, 
    • Blind Love, 
    • Unlikely Love, 
    • Look-in-the-Mirror Love, 
    • Stinky Feet Love…and much, much more…that’s just seven instances!

  • His greatest act of love was yet to come…
    • stretching out his arms on the cross he said, “I love you this much.” 

  • The GOOD news…(Gospel)…the message of love that... 
    • hugs lepers, 
    • feeds strangers with leftovers, 
    • tells the tough truth, 
    • is blind to the opinions of this world, 
    • embraces the unlike-able, 
    • judges self-not others, and 
    • humbles itself in servanthood to all. 
    • I deeply desire the day when I don’t have to apologize to strangers who say to me on a plane or in the mall or on the golf course “I’ve lost interest in my faith…I can get judgment, exclusion, self-righteousness, and hypocrisy from my office and co-workers, why would I go to church for that?” 
  • Look for places and people in your life that are calling for the love of Christ
    • let the world know we are Christians
      • not by our words
      • not by our bumper stickers
      • not by our jewlery
      • BUT BY OUR LOVE (action word!)

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