Jesus Christ: Our Model of Loving Your Brother
Pastor Ron Johnson
According to God and His word, continually loving your brother is a sign of spiritual life and it's so important that I thought we could use last week's passage (1 John 2:19-20) to springboard into a discussion this morning of what it looks like when we truly love our brother.
And SURPRISE... we'll discover that Jesus is our model of __________ _________ _____________.
It probably doesn’t surprise you that people in general tend to struggle with being selfish. In fact, you and I happen to live in a culture where independence tends to be valued more than interdependence.
Sadly, loving ourselves (in an unhealthy way) can come very naturally when truly loving God and others involves a super-natural work that God does in us.
In 2 Tim 3:2, the Paul warns that "in the last days will come times of difficulty and people will be lovers of self."
It's a constant battle, isn't it? The battle over “Will I be SELF-FOCUSED or GOD & OTHERS FOCUSED?”
Notes on context leading up to John 13:1-17.
1Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" 7 Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand." 8 Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no share with me (nothing to do with me)." 9Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" 10Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you." 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "Not all of you are clean."
12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
Three Things to Remember About Christ’s Example of Loving Your Brother.
1) Christ’s humble act of selfless service displayed _________ ________ toward His brothers (vv 1-5).
2) Christ’s Humble act of service also depicted a ___________ _____________ _________ (vv 6-11).
3) Christ’s humble act of service disclosed a __________ for all Christians to follow (vv 12-17).