What Does Love Look Like? Sermon Blog Day 2
Explicit Reliance on Jesus: v.19a
“Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself”
He says that one of the major ways we express our love for Him is to recognize that we cannot do anything without Him. Christ says, you cannot give me anything I do not already have. However, the one thing I will take is you and all of you. In our relationship to Christ, the way we say “I Love You” is total dependance on Him.
Those who are born-again believers say, “I love Jesus.” If that is you and you are saying that, consider the following thoughts.
IF YOU HAVE AN AREA WHERE YOU ARE ANXIOUS, PANIC, OR DEMONSTRATE A LACK OF REAL CONFIDENCE IN GOD, THEN SHOWING COMPLETE CONFIDENCE IN CHRST IS THE SAME AS SHOWING LOVE. To borrow a math term. Love for Christ is congruent to complete dependence on Him.
Exclusive Imitation of Jesus: 19b
“but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Well…in the case of loving Christ, imitation is a sincere expression of love. Saying you love Christ, and living a life in contradiction to His, is NOT loving Christ.
Amid explaining his plan to leave in John 14, Jesus proceeds to explain His plan to send the Holy Spirit. As the Holy Spirit returns, Jesus adds how the lives of His followers will look. And, in John 14.15, He explains it this way “If you love me, you will obey my commands.”
Lives that love Christ obey Christ. Lives that obey Christ imitate Christ. Lives that imitate Christ show Christ to the world.
Exhaustive Communication with Jesus: v.20a
"For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does"
This love relationship with the Father and Son exhibits complete transparency. This love relationship between the Father and Son expresses a complete openness in both directions. Part of the damage of the fall in sin is the tendency to hide and be less than transparent.
In Genesis 2.24 Scripture explains that the man and the woman were naked and not ashamed. There was nothing to hide, because sin had not yet brought shame and dishonesty into the world. In Genesis 3, once sin had been committed, the next two actions by the man and woman were to cover themselves and hide from God.
When there is a complete love relationship, there is transparency. When we grow in our intimacy and affection toward Christ, our communication with Him becomes more open. What is your plan to increase your intimacy daily with Christ?
Expectant Revelation of Jesus: 20b
"and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel."
Part of the beauty of this love is that, not only has the Savior we love done great things, we can expect even greater things ahead. This expectancy is part of our love. We assume that we are going to see good things ahead from our Savior, because of His love for us and ours for him.
In 1Corinthians 13, in what many call the love chapter, we are reminded that love “bears all things, hopes all things, believes all things.” The simple idea with this statement is that true love anticipates good things ahead. Because of the love my wife and I have for one another, I expect our great marriage to get even better ahead. This is love.
Jesus has set the example for us on how to love God. We can love God the same way Jesus loves Him and He loves us. The Bible says that, until we experienced God’s love to us, we did not even really know how to love Him. We can learn love for our Savior and others by how our Savior loves his Father.
A construction crew was building a new road through a rural area, knocking down trees as it progressed. A superintendent noticed that one tree had a nest of birds who couldn’t yet fly and he marked the tree so that it would not be cut down. Several weeks later the superintendent came back to the tree. He got into a bucket truck and was lifted up so that he could peer into the nest. The fledglings were gone. They had obviously learned to fly. The superintendent ordered the tree cut down. As the tree crashed to the ground, the nest fell clear and some of the material that the birds had gathered to make the nest was scattered about. Part of it was a scrap torn from a Sunday school pamphlet. On the scrap of paper were these words: He careth for you.
One of the greatest barriers to really having a love relationship with people is that you fail to see how God loves you. He cares for you more than you can ever care for Him. And, if you are uncertain how much Christ loves you, then spend some time learning how His Father loves him…and that is in turn the way Jesus loves you.