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"UPSIDE-DOWN LOVE"

Posted by Chance Hill Baptist Church on November 1, 2020 at 10:20 AM

Lesson 5 for Week of November 1, 2020 Reference: R.H> Boyd Publishing Corporation

Background Passages: John 13:1-35 Lesson Passage: John 13:1-15, 34-35

                                      "UPSIDE-DOWN LOVE"

UNIFYING TOPIC

Loving by Serving

LESSON TEXT

I. A Divine Foot Washing(John 13:1-15)

II. A New Commandment! (John 13:34-35)

THE MAIN THOUGHT

For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. John 13:15, KJV

UNIFYING PRINCIPLE

Multiple definitions of love lead people to be confused about how to love. What is the bottom line (end") when it comes to love? Jesus taught that our love for one another should be manifested in our service to others.

LESSON AIM

To learn that Jesus , our exemplar, led by example through service to His disciples.

Life AIM

To consider service as a way of life, knowing it is the path of love.

God's Word in Life

Dr. Maartin Luther King's sermon "The Drum Major Instinct" reveals the basic human desire to be noticed and found to be important in life. King says this human desire, when not achieved, leads to putting down others in order to lift oneself up. Much of this desire is the base factor in racism and prejudice. The way out of this wrong is to follow the example of Jesus.......greatness is found in service to one another out of love. What stands in the way of love often is pride. Pride is found in self-exaltation, self-satisfaction, and self-centeredness. It is self-worship where the I is more important than the we. The danger of pride is its ability to dethrone God from the heart of the believer. It is possible to become blind to our own sin of pride, so it is important that each believer examines their own heart (2Cor. 13:5). What we must fear most about pride is its ability to conceal itself and out unwillingness to recognize and admit to its presence.

Reference: R.H> Boyd Publishing Corporation

Okay so before we get into the Scriptures let me talk on the lesson topic:"UPSIDE-DOWN LOVE" I want to start by posing a question. How do someone go from perfect love to UPSIDE-DOWN LOVE? Most of the time people will hurt a person for no reason at all scadalize their name, set traps for them, talk about them, and most of all turing a perfevt love to upside down love. This is what happened to Jesus. His own disciples whom He loved so dearly betrayed Him. And this is how people do another person who has done nothing but good by them and they have the audacity to do them wrong when that person was encouraging them, blessing them, praying for the, but most of all loving them; but God! Just for a moment think about what you have done to hurt someone or to try an do your darnness to mess up their character; let this soak down into you soul, heart, and mind and see how this could affect someones love, character, or purpose and see how that will make someone feel. Judas played a key part in Jesus death because of POWER and MONEY. Peter let the fear of what others could do to him physically cause him to speak evil against Jesus even though he knew Jesus love, purpose, and character; Peter denied that he know who Jesus was. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full in abundance. The thief here Jesus is talking about is not Satan but those that competes against or fights another in a contest, game, or argument (economic reforms) whom ever fights against God's Will. The self-serving___________; whomever that may be "Jesus said, they come to steal, to kill, and to destroy you! "Stop People"......."Stop!!" God doesn't do no evil!!!! He just allow it' "hoping"that we are "bigger" than the THIEF that are killing, stealing, and destroying us!!!!!!!! Helloooooo somebody? God is saying take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. So it doesn't matter who is saying "what" it's all about the word from the LORD!!! Glory......."! The love Jesus shared with His disciples was not based on social conventions. He broke free from what was unacceptable to do the best. What is our best? Is it Fame? Is it Fortune? or is it Wealth? Multiple definitions of love lead people to be confused about how to love. What is the bottom line (end") when it comes to love? Jesus taught that our love for one another should be manifested in our service to others. I, myself gives above measures and I absolutely love it because that's what The LORD commanded!

I. A Divine Foot Washing (John 13:1-15)

1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

II. A New Commandment! (John 13:34-35)

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

In conclusion:

I like what R.H Boyd says in the Intro of this lesson: Service is always in demand. We go to restaurants and spend money for it. We choose to vacation and stay in hotels for it. In some places, we even opt to pay a touch more for gas just to receive the full-service treatment. We all love receving service, but if the truth were to be told, while we may like receiving service, many people feel it is beneath them to provide it. WOW! Some people look down on service-centered jobs, demeaning them with the title menial. At times we refuse to pay a fair living wage for the labor provided by those who perform these essential tasks. However, while service may not be en vogue in our contemporary context, it is held in high regard in the Bible. In our lesson today, Jesus demonstrated that service shouldbe a way of life for His followers and love should show itself through acts of service.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. 18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. 19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. 25 He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. 28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. 29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night. 31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION:

Why do we think we have to establish ourselves before we can serve? We can serve while establishing ourselves!

Would you be able to serve someone in love that you believed they betrayed or was about to betray you? How do you feel about washing your brother's foot?

CLOSING PRAYER...Lord thank you for giving us the word......so many people don't get the fact that you knows all, you sees all, and you alone Lord judge all according to work, deeds, and love we shows toward our brothers. Help us to understand that you will come again and you will give each of us the just reward according to our own ability which we did to the least of these; to love, to serve and to treat one another as you have command us all to do; but the greatest of these is how we loved others.In Jesus Name Amen!

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