Sunday, June 17, 2018
“Love Like Christ”
Base every relationship on the unconditional love of Christ.
Have you ever asked this question, “How can I pay God back?”
The thought of repaying God for His goodness to us is downright absurd. If we were capable of repaying Him, it would have been unnecessary for Jesus to die.
Even though we can never repay God for what He has done, we can still show Him our gratitude. How can we do that?
The Lord Jesus told us in the fifteenth chapter of John.
He knew He would be leaving His disciples soon. He would die on the cross, and shortly after His resurrection He would return to heaven. He explained how His disciples could continue to show Him their love after He was gone.
I. The importance of Christ’s love – Vs. 9-11
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
A. Jesus loves us just as much as the Father loves Him.
1. Jesus and the Father are the same, yet different.
a. They are the same God, but different Persons.
b. Human intellect can never understand the mystery of the Trinity.
2. How great is His love for us?
a. Jesus is worthy of the Father’s love, but we are not.
b. He loves us in spite of our unworthiness.
B. We abide in His love by obeying Him.
1. What does it mean to “abide” in Christ’s love?
a. In verse four, Jesus told His disciples, “Abide in me.” That means having Him as your constant companion.
b. Abiding in Christ’s love goes along with abiding in Christ. We live with a consciousness that He loves us, and we love Him.
2. The more we obey Him, the more we demonstrate that we love Him – and the more we love Him, the more we obey Him.
II. The example of Christ’s love – Vs. 12
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
A. He commanded us to love each other as He has loved us.
1. How much did Jesus love us?
a. He loves us in spite of our faults and failures.
b. He loved us enough to lay down His life for us.
2. How do we show our love for Jesus?
a. By loving one another.
b. By spreading His message of good news.
B. He calls us His friends.
1. We are both servants and friends.
a. He still has authority over us.
b. Our love for Him motivates us to obey Him.
2. What does it mean to be a friend of Jesus? a. “The servant knows not what his lord does” – A master does not have to justify himself to his slaves. b. Jesus does not have to explain Himself to us, but He has chosen to tell us His plans (and include us in them) because we are His friends.
III. The duty of Christ’s love – Vs. 13-17
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”
A. The basis of our duty.
1. He has chosen us.
a. This does not annul our obligation to trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).
b. We could never have chosen Him if He had not chosen us.
2. He has appointed us.
a. He did not choose us so we can sit back and take it easy. He has given us a job to do.
b. All of Jesus’ followers are called to serve Him, regardless of their ability or circumstances.
B. The details of our duty.
1. To “go and bear fruit”.
a. We are to show Christ through our transformed lives.
b. We are to bring others to faith in Him.
2. To pray in His name.
3. To love one another.
Conclusion: As a veteran, it’s always humbling to think of the many people who have shed their blood to keep our country free. How much more humbling is it to think that God’s own Son shed His blood to secure our eternal salvation! How can anyone not love a Savior like that? If we truly love Him, we will love what He loves – and He has commanded us to love one another.