The Gospel of John VI - Lesson 5

                         Christ’s Love to the End                                   John 13:1-38                                    (Continued)

  1. THE EXHORTATION TO LOVE (John 13:31-38)
    1. The Glorification of the Son (John 13:31-33)
      1. The Father glorified in the Son (John 13:31; John 17:4)
      2. The Son glorified in the Father (John 13:32; John 17:5)
        1. God shall glorify the Son in Himself.
        2. God shall glorify the Son straightway.
      3. The Son’s departure from the disciples (John 13:33; John 7:33-34)
        1. He refers to them as little children; this is how we come to God (Matthew 19:13-14).
        2. His time with them is now short.
        3. He will soon go where they cannot follow.
    2. The Commandment of Brotherly Love (John 13:34-35)
      1. The commandment to love (John 13:34a)
        1. The love commandments (Mark 12:28-34)
          1. To love God
          2. To love your neighbor
          3. To love one another
        2. The place of brotherly love – a sign of advanced spiritual growth (2 Peter 1:7)
      2. The example of love (John 13:34b)
        1. A self-denying love (Romans 15:1-3; Romans 12:10)
        2. A serving love (Philippians 2:1-4; Galatians 5:13-16; Galatians 6:2)
        3. A sacrificial love (Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 3:16)
      3. The testimony of love (John 13:35)
        1. Positively: we show the love of God to the world (1 John 4:7-12; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
        2. Negatively: we testify against our own profession (1 John 4:20-21; 1 John 5:1).
    3. The Warning of Selfish Pride (John 13:36-38)
      1. Peter demands an answer (John 13:36).
        1. He demands to know where Christ is going.
        2. He is only given a mysterious answer.
          1. You cannot follow now.
          2. But you will follow afterwards.
      2. Peter declares his loyalty (John 13:37; Matthew 26:31-35, 56).
        1. He questions why he cannot follow now.
        2. He declares his willingness to die for Christ.
      3. Peter denies his Lord (John 13:38; Luke 22:60-62).
        1. Christ questions Peter’s willingness to die for Him.
        2. Christ prophesies Peter’s denial of Him.
          1. Before the cock crow
          2. He will deny Him three times.

                    A Message for Troubled Hearts                                  John 14:1-31

  1. THE MESSAGE OF COMFORT (John 14:1-14)
    1. The Comfort of a Place (John 14:1-3)
      1. A place of hope (John 14:1; Philippians 3:20-21)
        1. A solution for troubled hearts (John 14:1, 27; Luke 24:38)
        2. A solution founded on faith
          1. Faith in God (1 Peter 1:21)
          2. Faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:17)
      2. A place of plenty (John 14:2a)
        1. The Father’s house (Psalm 23:6; Hebrews 11:10, 16; Hebrews 13:14; Revelation 21:10-11, 22-23)
          1. A house of mercy (Psalm 5:7; Psalm 52:8)
          2. A house where God is honored (Psalm 26:8; Psalm 84:4)
          3. A house to be desired (Psalm 27:4)
            1. To behold the beauty of the Lord
            2. To enquire of the Lord
          4. A house of joy and praise (Psalm 42:4; Psalm 116:18-19; Psalm 134:1-3; Psalm 135:1-2)
          5. A house of sweet fellowship (Psalm 55:14)
          6. A house where we will be satisfied (Psalm 65:4; Psalm 84:10)
          7. A house where God’s saints will flourish (Psalm 92:13; Psalm 112:9)
          8. A house of holiness (Psalm 93:5)
        2. The many mansions (Hebrews 12:22-23); compare these mansions to the chambers of the temple (1 Kings 6:5-10; Ezekiel 41:5-7; 1 Chronicles 9:33; Ezra 10:6; Nehemiah 13:4-9; Jeremiah 35:1-4).
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 19:21

There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.