Summary: In this message, sacrificial love is examined.
"Do You Really Know What Love Is"
JOHN 15: 9-15
Jesus is in the Upper Room with His Disciples.
The Passover Meal (Last Supper) has ended.
Judas Iscariot has left the room.
In a matter of hours...Jesus will be arrested.
And He knows all that will be coming.
But before He goes to the Garden of Gethsemene...
Jesus settles back to teach His Disciples.
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Let me tell you the story of Joe and Della Lane.
They were a young married couple.
Joe was a very talented artist.
Della was a gifted piano player.
They lived in a small, cheap apartment in St. Louis.
However...they were happy.
It was their home and they had a deep love for each other.
Joe and Della were continuing their studies in their arts.
Joe was taking art lessons at a school in St. Louis.
And Della was receiving instruction from a concert pianist.
Joe and Della both had high hopes.
They both wanted to become successful and famous.
They knew it wouldn’t be easy.
But they were determined to work hard in their studies...
to hold on to each other in their love...
and stay together in their little apartment.
They would stick to it as long as their money lasted.
But then hard times set upon them.
Joe had to have a surgery and they had no insurance.
It took every cent they had saved to pay the hospital bill.
Now...there was no money to pay for the lessons
and none for food or rent.
So...Della made a decision: she’d quit her piano lessons.
She told Joe she would find people interested in piano lessons.
She would work so that Joe could continue his art studies.
Della set her heart upon doing
what was good for her beloved husband.
She knew that when you love someone,
no sacrifice seems too hard.
So did Jesus.
He didn’t think about His own needs or desires.
Jesus focused on doing what needed to be done
for those He loved.
That’s just what love does!
When you really love someone:
THE GOOD OF THE OTHER
BECOMES YOUR MAIN CONCERN:
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
· Jesus said, "love as I have loved you!"
· What does that mean in practical terms?
· He loved unselfishly:
Jesus cared about the needs & wants of others.
· He loved endlessly:
He kept serving, helping, and giving
regardless of how tired he got...
or His own personal need.
· He loved by action:
He fed the hungry and healed the sick.
· He loved completely:
Jesus welcomed the outcast,
He searched for the lost,
He remembering the forgotten.
· He loved unconditionally:
JESUS didn’t love only those who were easy to love
He didn’t stop loving those who hurt him.
· Jesus loved those who persecuted & hated Him.
· Jesus loved others more than Himself:
Jesus didn’t come to be served.
He came to serve and to give His life.
· That’s what the Bible teaches us to do, too:
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others."
· Romans 12:10, 13
"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; ... contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality."
"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
· John F. Kennedy said,
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
Let me paraphrase that: BRICK CHURCH MEMBERS:
"Ask not what others can do for you, ask what you can do for others."