Summary: Doing to others as Jesus has done for us
DO UNTO OTHERS AS JESUS HAS DONE UNTO YOU
Intro: The Gospel of St. John has a very unique place in the complete Word of God. Have you ever thought it ironic that no other book in the Bible has hand its on gospel printed and distributed as a single unit? John declared this Gospel is an evangelical gospel in (John 20:31) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name.
The Book of John, in my estimate, houses the most popular scripture in the Bible that being John 3:16. I feel confident in saying that if John’s Gospel was the only book in the N.T. it would still be enough to save the sinner and to separate the saint.
In John 15 Jesus is teaching is disciples for the last time. He is illustrating is love for his people the Jews, his disciples and his soon to be church by teaching that he is the true vine. In verse 12 Jesus proclaims his commandment…that ye love one another, as I have loved you. You find in John 13:15 Jesus says “For I have given you and example, that ye should do as I have done to you” Jesus was saying to his disciples do unto each other as I have done to you. We have all heard the “Golden Rule”; Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” I want to go beyond that and preach on this subject; “DO UNTO OTHERS AS JESUS HAS DONE UNTO YOU”
I. WE SHOULD LOVE SINNERS AS JESUS HAS LOVED US
A. To say that is a mouth full.
B. (John 15:13) Greater love hat no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
C. Not only did Jesus tell us of the great display of love he showed us this love
D. (Romans 5:8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us
E. There was nothing in us worth loving but Jesus seen something worth saving
F. There are those people in church who look down at sinners because they are sinners
G. But they forget they use to be that way as well
H. If there is one thing I want to do in this life it is show love to the sinner like Jesus did
I. Jesus even went and ate with publicans and sinners
J. While we don’t have to love their ways we should show them the love that Christ showed us the day he saved us from hell
II. WE SHOULD LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS JESUS COMMANDED HIS DISCIPLES
A. Jesus left an example of his love to his disciples in John 13:6-17 when he washed their feet
B. If there is one place in this hell bent world where people should see love and love one another it is at the local church
C. I think we should be like the “Good Samaritan” in Luke 10:33 and if by chance we see a brother or sister down we should have compassion on them and help with their wounds.
D. I am talking about those people who are fighting and struggling and still trying to do right and longing to do right and because they have fell victim of the thieves in their life is no reason to pass them by
E. We should love one another as Jesus commanded the disciples
III. WE SHOULD BE READY TO BEAR ONE ANOTHERS BURDENS
A. (Galatians 6:2) Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ
B. We should not hesitate to help others for you never know when you may be the one needing some help bearing your burden
C. There has been times when I have had to cast my burdens on the Lord because they were heavy
D. (I Peter 5:7) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
E. (Romans 5:12) Rejoice with them that do rejoice and weep with them that weep
F. Since Jesus bore the cross don’t you think we should bear each other’s burdens
IV. WE SHOULD FORGIVE AS JESUS HAS FORGIVEN
A. (Matthew 18:21) Then came Peter to him and said, Lord how oft shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Till seven times?
B. (Matthew 18:22) Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee: but until seventy times seven
C. The ultimate acts of forgiveness came as Jesus was taking his lat breaths on the cross
D. (Luke 23:34) Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment and cast lots