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April 29, 2022 8:00 am
What is the truest definition of love listen to Adrian Rogers. Definition of love. Love is not giving someone else what they desire lobby is giving to someone what they need.
That's what real love. Welcome to the 19 featuring the profound truth of the gospel found the practical lessons of Adrian Rogers. Perhaps our greatest human need is to be loved and to give love to someone else. Not only are we as Christians called to love others we are called to exhibit a Christlike love. How did Christ love others. How can we emulate that love to those around us. If you have your Bible turn to John chapter 13 will begin in verse 34 is Adrian Rogers shares more about Christlike love by John chapter 13 the Gospel of John and woman were to look at verse 34 but I've already told you that the psychiatrist said that man's greatest need is to be love and to be able to show and give love and that is so now were going to look right now. The last commandment that Jesus gave all his commandments.
This is the last one that he gave before he ascended the high hills of glory lease before his arrest is trial and his crucifixion.
He gave another commandment after that and that was what we call the great commission, but our world is starving for love and this is what Jesus said here and not John chapter 13 verse 34 a new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have love you, that ye also love one another to be talking today about Christ life, love, now Jesus has given us an example also of this love.
So go back to the beginning of this chapter and find out Jesus the great teacher gave a glorious and wonderful example. An example is the washing of his disciples feet. Chapter 13 verse one now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was, that he should depart out of this world under the father having loved his own which were in the world. He love them on to the end and I suffer being in the devil having output into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon son, to betray him.
Jesus, knowing that the father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God and went to God he rises from suffer and laid aside his garments and took a towel and girded himself. And after that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples feet and wiped them with a towel, wherewith he was girded. Now let's just stop right there. I may talk a little bit about the custom in Bible times, and I think one of the custom and in Bible times, people wore sandals.
They didn't wear the kind of lace up shoes primarily that I'm wearing today birthday more samples and they did not wear socks as we wear socks today, but they open sandals and of course the roads were not paved as our roads are paved today with asphalt concrete and so there was a lot of dust and a lot of grit and a lot of dirt that if you were to come into a well-to-do house of that particular day there would be a pot full of water and a basin and a little bit scared and generally there would be a certain and when you come into the house you would slip off your sandals kind. Let your toes do that little bit and then you would put your foot down into that basin nice cool water service would get down there and wash your feet and then massage your feet like a wonderful time when Jesus is there instituting what we call the Last Supper. This memorial fees just before the Passover and remember Jesus knowing that his hour has come that he's going to be crucified that Judas is going to betray him, knowing all when they came in to the house. There was no servant there to do that and not a lot of those others volunteered for that – and so Jesus he takes off his outer garments and he lays them aside. He takes a towel ties around his waist fills a basin with water and Jesus. Jesus told little babies come from God that is going to God the father has committed all things. It is man's he takes the feet.
The smelly feet of fishermen tax collectors and others of his motley crew who had were his disciples and Jesus washes their feet. Later on, he's going to say five your Lord and Master. Wash your feet. You want to wash one another's feet. Then he says, as I have loved you. I'm going to give you a new commandment that you love one another. 10 wonderful lesson on love. Now I want us to see more things about this kind of love and I want you to check out and see if these four things are true in your heart and in your life. Number one Christ like love is selfless love. Christlike love is selfless love. So many of us are so preoccupied with ourselves and I will ask all about self-love, self-esteem, self glory and self-fulfillment.
Our society is based on that we see the Lord Jesus Christ humbling himself, and actually doing the labor of a slave are a servant is not without significance that verse four says he rises from suffer and laid aside his garments.
Now that is what he did actually literally physically but it is symbolic of what he did when he stepped out of glory when he laid aside the garments of glory that were his. In heaven, and came down to this earth. Jesus is a coequal co-internal co-essential with God the father never forget that friend is basic Christianity.
We sang the doxology praise God father son and Holy Ghost. We serve one God revealed himself to us in three persons.
But Jesus stepped out of heaven, and he came from sovereignty to slavery, he humbled himself, he became old beating. The Bible says.
Therefore, God had given him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, a minibus flight for reputation. Jesus laid aside his reputation. We like to talk about how we came from nothing to something.
But Jesus came from something and made himself of no reputation. Now, I may say this. Humility is not thinking globally of yourself. I said this so many times people just have alien aligned is not on this note is no good cut that out.
That's not humility is just poor posture.
Metaphysically you can help. That's one thing but humility is not thinking only of yourself. Jesus and the greatest act of humility washed his disciples feet, but was he thinking only of himself.
Read Jesus, knowing that he had come from God and was to God that the father had committed all things into his hand, you think he's thinking only of himself know get the contact knowing all that knowing that knowing who he was then laid aside his garments, took a towel and washed his disciples feet that my friend is humility. Was it was it had to do with me, friend.
You are somebody you have been born of God and if you been born of God you going to God, also use now you can be us are now you can lay aside your pry real love is selfless love that I tell you that unbounded love and pride can never dwell in the same heart only impure humility can they be genuine love partner not always Christlike love, selfless love but Christlike love is steadfast love look in verse one of this chapter now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come, that he should depart out of this world.
What that means is he knows that the clock is ticking and the crucifixion is near that now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus and you that is ours, that he should depart out of this world unto the father. What's this, having loved his own which were in the world. He love them to the in. Stop loving day just kept all loving them back to you that if you examine the lives of these people. They were not all that lovely at that time Peter is going to curse and swear and I am James and John talk about is going to be the greatest in the kingdom and they were filled with fear and all these things just kept all loving man now times we excuse ourselves. I've done this you have to. We excuse ourselves when we are irritable. If we want time worn out. Had a hard day people mistreated us, and we market people and we snap at people and was a will. After all, if you know what I've been through you to understand that Melissa if you want to know what you're full of just see what spills out when you get jostled switch for 90th when you get jostled all his stuff comes that you just will let stuff, but if you get jostled in love comes out the new full of love, saying that Jesus in the midst of extreme duress, extreme pressure, knowing that that is about to be crucified is vastly loving his disciples, real love Christian love, love steadfastly and loves to be in real love will never let us go. Can separate us from the love of Christ to persuade me to death to life and arranges the principalities and powers, nor things present, or things to come, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. You are love my friend Devon tell some of you is telling somebody right now you messed up you blow it.
God doesn't love you anymore, you had at the lie out of hail. He does love you nothing you can do.
Make him love you anymore. Nothing you can do. Make him love you any less.
He doesn't love us because we're lovely.
He loves us because of his grace, and having loved his own gay love to be what is Christlike love. It is selfless love be laid aside his garments steadfastly love to be in.
Number three Christlike love is serving love you mother positive in space. It is not just a loving word but in deed and in truth.
Look in verses four and five of the same chapter he Jesus wise us from suffer lay aside his garments, took a towel and guarded himself. And after that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples feet and wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Did you know that real love knows no job that is so lowly to do you know the fee that he wants to know mom who who in the ground.
Judas was there. Jesus knowing soon that Judas is going to betray him with a kiss of infamy case, it would burn like a cone from hell of his cheeks. Jesus washed Judas feet PC. Didn't Jesus say less than the persecution to good to them that despitefully use you as a Jesus. Jesus didn't practice what he preached.
A priest when he practiced pain, Jesus is satire now give you definition of love. Love is not giving someone else what they desire.
Love is giving to someone what they need. That's what real love, a well-known preacher went into a airport may produce before and set down in the restaurant in the airport's early morning want breakfast. The waitress came out and she was kinda sexy.
Never had, sassy waitress what he will. He said well I don't like some breakfast, should you want a menu.
He said yes ma'am. It wasn't often. Yes ma'am Dr. my shoes yes ma'am. She said yes ma'am yes ma'am yes ma'am, that all you say yes ma'am. He said yes ma'am so you gave the order.
She went back into the kitchen came out again with his gray look on her face slap her food down acid do anything else. He said no man is fine thank you man, she turned and went away. He ate his breakfast filled out a check left. As I remember store $20 bill on the table turn start walk out J table. He said the only tip around the women you left $20 tip for me the way I treated you. He said yes ma'am, what would you do that I said I was watching, I could tell you were hurt. I can tell you had some real problem. I could tell that things work for bothering you.
You must have some problem I just thought I would share some of she began to cry. She did you know the problems left the child today sick coming to work. My car broke down the boss, all over me for being late. Yes, I've had some problems. He said well I thought maybe so, but maybe the security it wasn't very long until he letter to Christ right there in that restaurant she got say you know what that incest Christlike love that is not giving her what she desire it was giving her what she what she needed right then was love these disciples deserve deserve to have their feet washed needed a kick in the paint you in terms but Jesus knew the love that these needed and so Christlike love.
It is serving love.
First John three verse 18 my little children, let us not love in her metering, but in deed and in crew. We have Christlike love. There is no job too small for you to do. Jesus the Lord of glory is serving washing dirty feet valid.
Maybe the fourth Mark of Christlike love. Christlike love is also sanctifying love. Jesus is now moving from the physical to the spiritual and from the literal to the symbolic and so after he had washed their feet and had taken his garments and was sent down again, he said unto them, know you what I have done and you you call me master Lord, and you say well for so I am. If I am your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I am giving you an example that you should do as I have done to you. Now this is the last point and the final point and the sanctifying thing. Christ love is sanctifying love Jesus. Now is turning the conversation to symbolism. No longer is he talking about a literal or he's talking about spiritual defilement that comes in to lives, because all of us get contaminated by sin. All of us get our spiritual fee dirty because we live in a dirty, grimy and dusty world now Jesus is saying. I need to wash your feet and Peter says Leno you can wash my feet Jesus and if I don't wash your feet.
I have no part with you. That means I can't fellowship with you and Peter says wash me all over washed all over his knee defeat wash what is all this a lesson about what salvation is called the washing of regeneration, when we get saved we spiritually were bathed in claims from the defilement of this world, but we still live in this world still get a fee dirty as anybody who hasn't sin after you say no.
I mean even though women save even though he has washed us and made us white so we still walk in an old dirty world and we need to come and get our feet wash. That is, day by day. We need to kinda get our spiritual feet washed right got out Peter when he saw the Caesar wash me all over Jesus and what you are not bad. You've already had a bath and then you clean. You just need anything walk. What is the lesson their lesson is very simple, very plain and very clear. Once you get saved.
But you have to keep getting your feet washed is he wants you had the bath that set nowhere in the Bible, will you ever find anywhere where anybody was ever saved twice. You can find. You can find for by one offering he has perfected for ever them that are sanctified. When we are saying is, once and for all, but we still need to get our feet washed because we need to come to him for daily cleansing and daily foot washing. So what he's talking about now is not some sort of a ceremony when he says it is by your Lord and Master washed your feet your wash one another's feet.
What is Jesus saying Jesus is saying Peter you are going to get your feet. It will allow you going to betray me. But Peter, I would wash her feet. Peter, I am going to forgive you and Jesus to remember that episode after the resurrection. Simon 11 Lord you will think you know I love Simon 11, more than Lord you know all things Peter do you love me three times. Jesus asked that question why because three times Peter had denied him. What is Jesus doing washing the feet of Simon Peter had that day.
Jesus said Peter you understand that you will understand later on I'll guarantee that day on the seashore. He understood what Jesus was talking about when at his feet washed so many times I was saved as a teenage boy but so many times God hallelujah he's wash my feet and is never stopped loving me and you never stop loving you. You know somebody means that feet washed somebody who's done you wrong and I knew as long as the disciples had done.
Jesus will Peter was a curse and swear and deny me a Jesus washing Peter's feet and I'm telling you that the church will be a wonderful place.
When we allow Jesus to wash our feet and keep us going day by day and when we with Christlike love wash one another's feet will after listening to the message today. Maybe you have questions regarding your faith in Jesus how to place your trust fully in what he did for you on the cross we have an insightful resource on the website. It's our find answers. Page you'll find resources and materials that will answer questions you may have about beginning a relationship with God. We also went to him about you to check out our grow your faith page get grounded and dig deeper in your faith. Simply go to LWF.org/radio and click on the tab that says grow your faith or find answers. We can't wait to hear from you today after you like a copy of today's message. You can call us at 1877 love God mentioned the title Christlike love when you get in touch. Or you can order online. It LWF.org/radio or write us at Leavenworth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183. Do you exhibit selfless, steadfast, serving sanctifying love to others as you study Scripture today asked God to reveal ways for you to show Christlike love to others. We hope will join us next time.
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