12/31/17 – The Extent Of His Love
If you literally had less than 24 hours to live, you would use as much of that time as possible to give some final words to those closest to you. Words of instruction, words of intention, words of intimacy, and certainly words of importance!
The last night of Jesus’ earthly ministry was very eventful. Chapters 13-17 record what we have come to know as the Upper Room Discourse. This section is so important that John devotes almost one quarter of his gospel to this twenty-four hour period. In these five chapters we see intimate teaching about Service, Love, the Holy Spirit, Heaven, our Union with Christ, and Prayer.
The disciples had spent many nights with Jesus, however this night is going to be different from all other nights. This is an all nighter that will change their lives forever.
John 13:1 sets up the whole scene. “Now before the feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.”
This is a night when the Savior out of love, deposits in the bank of the apostles and all who would ever believe, all the riches of heaven. It’s an incredible portion of Scripture. Five whole chapters dedicated to the Son of God expressing His love for His own. It says He loves us to the end, to the max, to the full, eternally and infinitely. This section is all about the extent of His love.
On my final Sunday with you, I would like to cover how this night began. Jesus started with a lesson in what love DOES. He takes some time to teach these men the importance of servant hood that still speaks to us today. He proves that He did not come to be served, but to serve, (Mark 10:45). In showing Himself to be a servant of men, Jesus left us a vivid portrait of the kind of heart we are to have for others.
Blessed to have served with you here at Crosspoint,