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Autumn Thoughts: The New Law of Love

The New Law of Love

John 13:21-38

No treachery is worse than betrayal by a family member or friend. Julius Caesar knew such treachery. Among the conspirators who assassinated the Roman leader on March 15, 44 B. C. was Marcus Junius Brutus. Caesar not only trusted Brutus, he had favored him as a son. According to Roman historians, Caesar first resisted the onslaught of the assassins. But when he saw Brutus among them with his dagger drawn, Caesar ceased to struggle and, pulling the top part of his robe over his face, asked the famous question, “You too, Brutus?”

Today in the Word, August 13, 1992

Every Christian Chooses Between

* The Loss of Betrayal ~ John 13:21-30

  • 21/22 could be anyone; could we? DO WE?
  • 23/25 notice the encouragement in the midst of confusion: “ask Him!” WHO DO YOU NEED TO ENCOURAGE? “are you struggling? Ask Jesus”
  • 26 giving bread like this was a “mark of courtesy and esteem”; reminder-Jesus LOVES Judas; Jesus knows how badly we can mess up AND LOVES US ANYWAY. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT FOR YOURSELF? FOR OTHERS?
  • 27/30 At some point, Judas’ flirtation with betrayal grows into full-on possession by Satan. ARE YOU FLIRTING WITH BETRAYAL?

* And The Law to Be Loving ~ John 13:31-38

  • 31/32 “is glorified” = a future event as if already completed; 5 times Jesus reminds us that He WAS/IS/WILL BE glorified; the Cross isn’t a shame, it’s His FAME
  • 33 does this FOR us, NOT WITH US; If we’re trying to sacrifice something in our lives to impress God, it won’t work
  • 34 “new” = FRESH; loving isn’t new; COMMANDING it is
  • 35 AS we love, we witness to the world that we belong to Jesus; WHO DON’T YOU LOVE? WHY?
  • 36/38 Peter’s excitement overshadows his patience; Jesus knows Peter’s end state (“you will follow later”) even though he’s going to pass through a time of faithlessness

You might be feeling that you’re facing a time of faithlessness; worse, you might not be feeling it at all! Nevertheless – Jesus has faith in YOU – Are you returning that faith in Him?

Lent: Our Need

Lent: Our Need Sermon Audio Here

Romans 5:12-19

How do we discover our need? Often, we encounter a situation where something needed is discovered lacking; other times, we’re informed that a previously unknown circumstance affects us in ways for which we are unprepared.

We Have A Great Need

A Terminal Sickness ~ Romans 5:12-14

  • v12 No one doesn’t sin, so no one escapes death
  • v13/14 you claim “I’m a good person, I don’t break the law” but sin isn’t about breaking the Law

A Treatable Situation ~ Romans 5:15-18

  • v15 sin is passed generationally; grace overflows directly
  • v16 sin snowballs over time; grace fixes the problem
  • v17 death is passive consequence of sin; grace is active reception of life
  • v18 we receive results from previous choices: sin from Adam, salvation from Jesus

19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. ~ Romans 5:19

Our need is beyond our ability to meet: left on our own, we will die in our sin. Thank God We Have A Great Savior who meets us IN our need and covers it completely!

Highlights from Hebrews: The Approachable Throne

Highlights from Hebrews: The Approachable Throne Sermon Audio Here


Hebrews 4:12-16

Since all of Hebrews is really one sermon, we need to break it down into smaller chunks to get a good grasp on the Gospel found in it. This second sermon in Hebrews is part two of seven to look at this amazing book.

Jesus is ALSO Better Than:

Moses And The Sabbath
Heb. 3:1-6 – Jesus is better than Moses
Heb. 3:7-4:11 – Jesus is better than the Sabbath

Our Hearts and Our Actions
Heb. 4:12-13

  • v12 word=logos; cf John 1:1; God IN ACTION is Jesus;
    • these vs describe Judgment; He KNOWS what He is doing
    • Jesus is BETTER than our Hearts
  • v13 We cannot hide our behavior from God; He judges it all
    • (cf. Rev. 20.11-15) Jesus is BETTER than our Actions

Our Old Ways
Heb. 4:14-16

  • v14 Jesus is BETTER than Old Religion;
    • The ultimate priest: represents man to God, God to man
  • v15 Jesus is BETTER than our FLESH
    • (He was flesh, but did not sin; not because He was “God-brained” or some heretical mixture of godhood and humanity; but because of His Obedience to the Father)

According to verse 16, Jesus’ obedience gives US access to God’s Throne; God does not expect us, in our own strength, to earn His love and forgiveness; it’s not possible. Our need for redemption is beyond our ability to pay: Thank God that Jesus is BETTER than our need!!


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