Summary: Our world is fighting,and we have people tearing each other down and it seems everyone wants to know where is the Love
Where is The Love John 13:34-35
Intro: In the world, in which we are living in, everybody is searching for one thing and that is love. The word Love is in a general sense to be pleased with; to regard with affection, on account of some qualities which excite pleasing sensations or desire of gratification, an intense deep affection toward something. Many in our society are calling lust, Love and abusing the word love to the point that it does not have the same meaning that it once did. Augustine said this “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.” One Writer said this “It is natural to love them that love us, but it is supernatural to love them that hate us.” Jesus knew all about real Love because He was and is still Love. In Fact He came here to seek and save that which was lost and our bible speaks a whole lot about love John3:16 says for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. God is Love completely and completely God is Love. Many today say they know love and what it is to love but they don’t God and our Bible says that this line of thinking is impossible in fact our bible tells us in 1 John4:16-21 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.19 We love him, because he first loved us.20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. I want you to realize that today, I want you to realize that God Loves you and He loves you very much. But I want to challenge us today and express this thought, if the Lord will help me I want to Preach today on WHERE IS THE LOVE. Some might be here today that want to know where the Love is and where it comes from. We must understand some examples of Love from our Lord Jesus.
1. IT WAS EXEMPLIFIED IN THE GARDEN
The garden at Gethsemane, a place whose name literally means “oil press,” is located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem. A garden of ancient olive trees stands there to this day. Jesus frequently went to Gethsemane with His disciples to pray (John 18:2). The most famous events at Gethsemane occurred on the night before His crucifixion when Jesus was betrayed. Each of the Gospel writers describes the events of that night with slight variations, so reading the four accounts (Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 14:32-52, Luke 22:40-53 and John 18:1-11) will give an accurate picture of that momentous night in its entirety. The Bible tells us that Jesus was stressed to the point of His sweat becoming as great drops of blood. I want to say this is real Love because while He was in the Garden, He was praying for us.
• HE Prayed
Pray as if everything depends on God, then work as if everything depends on you.
• He Prepared
• He Poured out
2. IT WAS EXEMPLIFIED ON GOLGOTHA
Golgotha is the Aramaic name of the location where Jesus was crucified outside of Old Jerusalem. In John 19:16-18 we read, “So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.” Golgotha is also mentioned in Matthew 27:32-34 and Mark 15:21-22. Because He loved me, my Saviour died, on a cross was crucified, no greater love by mortal man has ever been known.
• He Satisfied The Father
• He Suffered for Us
• He Salvaged Us
3. IT WAS EXEMPLIFIED THROUGH HIS GRACE
Grace is a constant theme in the Bible, and it culminates in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus (John 1:17). The word translated "grace" in the New Testament comes from the Greek word charis, which means “favor, blessing, or kindness.” We can all extend grace to others; but when the word grace is used in connection with God, it takes on a more powerful meaning. Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us as our sin deserves. It is His benevolence to the undeserving.