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Show Your Love

Rev. Tse Amable | July 2, 2024 | John 13:1-17

KEY VERSE:

“It was just before the Passover feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. HAVING LOVED HIS OWN WHO WERE IN THE WORLD, HE NOW SHOWED THEM THE FULL EXTENT OF HIS LOVE.” John 13:1 (NIV)

 

MESSAGE:

The gospel of free salvation by faith in Jesus Christ stands firm on the pillar of love. John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, also loves us. Because love is not only a feeling but an action, Jesus Christ had to demonstrate his love for us practically through an action. The verse above says “Having loved his own who were in the world, he NOW showed them the full extent of his love.”

 

The word “NOW” tells us that what Jesus Christ did in verses 2  to 17 was to show how much he loved his own. With the benefit of the scriptures, we know that dying on the cross of Calvary was the full extent of Jesus Christ’s love for us. The Bible says  “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). In the words of Prophet Jeremiah, the Lord said “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

 

Jesus Christ loves you and expects you also to love your neighbour to the extent that you love yourself.

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Reflect on the love of God for you. To what extent are you going to show your love for others?

PRAYER:

Father, I thank you that you love me with an everlasting love. Help me also to love others with that dying love you gave to me. Amen.

HERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: EXTENT

The Greek word often translated as "extent" in John 13:1 is "τέλος" (telos), which means "end," "goal," or "completion." In this context, it signifies the full measure or the utmost degree.


In John 13:1, "extent" is used to describe the profound and complete love Jesus had for His disciples. It highlights that Jesus' love was not superficial or partial but reached its ultimate expression in His sacrificial death. The depth and perfection of Christ's love, fulfilling the purpose of His mission on earth. His love "to the end" signifies His commitment and the fulfilment of God's redemptive plan.


The theme of God's complete and sacrificial love is echoed in passages such as John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world...") and Romans 5:8 ("But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us").


Reflections:

Consider the extent of Jesus' love for you. How can you respond to such a complete and sacrificial love in your daily life and your relationships with others?


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