Summary: Throughout the gospels there is no record of Jesus ever directly telling any of his chosen disciples that he personally loved them. Yet, there was no question about His love for them, for He demonstrated it time and again. Now He asks the disciples to l
LOVING AS CHRIST LOVED
A. What are you willing to do for someone you love?
Some of my fondest memories as a kid was playing with my brothers and friends at an old abandoned TWO-STORY HOUSE located about a quarter of a mile in a PASTURE across from where we lived in Oklahoma. We would spend hours playing in that old house.
One day a couple of friends from church, my little brother Johnny, and I were playing on the first story roof of that house when we discovered a Yellow-Jackets’ nest hanging from a window-sill. Jeff and Mark, our friends from church who happened to be the preacher’s and song leader’s sons, took off their SHIRTS and started popping the NEST. Angry Yellow-Jackets swarmed everywhere.
Jeff and Mark JUMPED off the roof while I darted back through the upstairs window and ran down stairs and out the front door. We were standing in the front yard trying to catch our BREATH when we looked up and saw Johnnie still on top of the roof JUMPING up and down, waiving his arms frantically. We yelled, “Get down! Get down!” He just stayed up their doing a JIG!
So I ran back up STAIRS onto the ROOF, grabbed Johnny, and ran back down carrying him over my shoulder. By the time we got him home, he had about a dozen WHELPS on his body where he was STUNG—and I didn’t get STUNG once.
Why did I do it? Because I LOVE Johnny. That was my little brother up there getting STUNG, and my LOVE for him COMPELLED me to go up there and get him down even if I got STUNG!
You have done similar things for people you LOVE too, haven’t you? But what about those who HATE you and HURT you? Would you LOVE them SACRIFICIALLY, too?
B. Loving those who HATE and HURT you is LOVING as Jesus LOVED!
1. John 13:34- Jesus tells His disciples that they are to “LOVE each other as He LOVED them.”
a. That was a tough one for the disciples because they were COMPETITORS.
b. I don’t think they HATED each other, but their COMPETITION kept them from LOVING each other as Christ LOVED them.
2. What Jesus does in John 13 is a result of an ARGUMENT that the disciples had immediately following Jesus' introduction of the Lord’s Supper.
a. They were arguing over who’s the greatest among them- Luke 22:24-27 (READ & COMMENT)
While the disciples are still eating, Jesus gets up from His RECLINING position. He lays aside his outer clothing, takes a towel and wraps it around himself. He then pours water into a BASIN and begins to WASH His disciples feet one by one. While the disciples are ARGUING over whose the GREATEST among them, the One who is the GREATEST becomes their SERVANT.
b. It’s this kind of LOVE that Jesus wants us to EMULATE. (MOVIE CLIP from Gospel of John)
C. NOTICE THE NATURE OF THE LOVE DEMONSTRATED BY JESUS from John 13:1-5
I. LOVE THAT COULD NOT BE QUENCHED BY EVIL- v. 2
A. From this night to the CRUCIFIXION, Jesus was confronted with many of Satan’s PLOYS, using His very own disciples.