John 13

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Heart for Each Other

July 1, 2018 | John 13:34-35 | three commitments

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We live in a time when it is easier to stay in touch, but people are still starving for a personal touch.What’s the solution to our increasing loneliness? A loving relationship with Jesus and through Him a loving relationship with one another. Jesus invites us to follow Him and belong to His family. In the gospel of John, Christ gave a new commandment to His disciples to love one another just as He loved them, demonstrating their heart for each other. As His disciples, we can follow Christ’s new commandment and have a heart for each other.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me” (John 13:20 NLT).

May 23, 2018

On the night before Christ’s crucifixion, He reminded the disciples that whoever welcomed or rejected them were in reality welcoming or rejecting Him. In addition, the way people responded to them would also affect their relationship with the Father. For the one who welcomes Jesus, welcomes the Father, but the one who rejects Jesus, rejects the Father.

As believers, we are messengers of Christ. We must learn not to be overly concerned about whether someone welcomes or rejects us. We are not to live as people-pleasers, fearing the rejection of man. For if we live as messengers of Christ, some will welcome us and some will reject us, but all will in reality be responding to Christ. And how they respond will determine their eternity. So, let us boldly declare the message of Christ to all we meet!

“So Judas left at once, going out into the night” (John 13:30 NLT)

May 23, 2014

The one who leaves Jesus and his disciples to go “out into the night” will hurt Christ and his church, but in the end will be the one most harmed by that decision. That is what sin does. It caused Adam to hide in the shadows of the garden from the Lord. It caused Saul to search for answers under cover of darkness from a medium. Sin always leads to separation. Sin goes “out into the night” to do its work. But the righteous walk in the light of day. They do not leave the Lord’s table. They stay even when the Lord rebukes as he did Peter saying, “Satan has asked to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you.” Don’t give into sin’s pull. When the Lord speaks of washing feet, suffering and dying for him, stay. It will seem easier and perhaps even beneficial to leave the table. Yet, no matter how difficult the Lord’s Word is for you, stay at the table. Do not go “out into the night.”