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John 13:31-38 – A new commandment I give to you

My sermon notes for Sunday, April 15th as we continue our study through The Gospel of John. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

John 13:31–38

[31] When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. [32] If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. [33] Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ [34] A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. [35] By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

[36] Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” [37] Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” [38] Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times. (ESV)

 

Judas has exited and know Jesus begins His farewell address to the disciples.  (13:31 to chapter 16)

 

He is laying the foundation for what is at the heart of the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.

 

TEXT:

Verse 31-32 – Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.

 

Verse 34-35 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

 

To Glorify.  To Love.

God was glorified at Calvary.  Jesus was glorified at Calvary.  The life, death, burial, resurrection, and exaltation of Jesus Christ brought glory to God the Father, Son, and Spirit.  And in turn became a great example and picture of love.  I MUST GO…A NEW COMMANDMENT I GIVE TO YOU.  LOVE ONE ANOTHER as I HAVE LOVE YOU.

 

The Love of the Father – vv. 31-32

 

God’s holiness – His holy hatred over sin.  Jesus words.  My God, My God why have you forsaken me.

God’s faithfulnessIsaiah 53 – Leading a lamb to slaughter

God’s power – Over Satan.  Over the stronghold of sin.

 

The Love of the Son – vv. 31-32

Shown at the cross

John 10:11 – [11] I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (ESV)

 

 

Shown at the throne

Our victory and Our hope!

 

 

The Love of a disciple – vv. 33-38

 

Personal love

 

New love

 

Relational love

Love me and Love others

 

Jesus – Other.  Others – Jesus

 

Frances Schaffer – We should be a loving church in a dying culture.

 

A.W. Pink – Love is the badge of Christian discipleship.  It is not knowledge, nor orthodoxy, nor fleshly activities, but love which identifies a follower of the Lord Jesus

 

Progressive love

 

1 Peter 1:22-23 – [22] Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, [23] since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; (ESV)

 

Peter understood brotherly love because he had experienced the Lord’s love.

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