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This month we are going to look at Lessons from the Upper Room

Today we are discussing Upper Room Lessons on Love.

Text

John 13:34-35 (AMP)

34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. 

35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”

Scripture Reading

John 13:31-38 (AMP)

31 So when Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now is [the time for] the Son of Man [to be] glorified, and God is glorified in Him; 

32 [if God is glorified in Him,] God will also glorify Him (the Son) in Himself, and will glorify Him at once. 

33 Little children, I am with you [only] a little longer. You will look for Me and, as I told the Jews, so I tell you now, ‘Where I am going, you are not able to come.’ 

34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. 

35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”

36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow Me now; but you will be able to follow later.” 

37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why cannot I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You!” 

38 Jesus answered, “Will you [really] lay down your life for Me? I assure you and most solemnly say to you, before a rooster crows you will deny and completely disown Me three times.

Prayer

Father, we thank you for the gift of life.

We realise that every breath we breathe is by your grace.

We acknowledge our stewardship of the things you have placed in our care.

The gifts we give today are simply a loving expression of our stewardship.

We pray that this church will be wise and use everything we have for the advancement of Your Kingdom.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Introduction

Today we enter into the sacred place the upper room where Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper.

Here Jesus taught His disciples just before His crucifixion in John 13 through to 17, here the devil won a victory over Judas, here Jesus met with His disciples after the resurrection, and here the disciples prayed and the Holy Spirit set the fires of Pentecost.

Our message will be confined to John 14-17, the account of Jesus’ last evening with the Twelve.

We can see in our reading that Jesus was facing the agony of the cross, and it is evident that the disciples were not ready for the work He was committing to them.

They were dense, weak, jealous of one another, and hungry for power.

Judas was struggling with satan.

The disciples still didn’t understand about the Messiah or their mission.

They had to learn quickly and adequately.

The first lesson they had to learn was the meaning of love which we can see in John 3:1-31, Jesus’ love and their love.

  1. Jesus explained the relationship between love and service.

John 13:1-5 (AMP)

The Lord’s Supper

13 Now before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that His hour had come [and it was time] for Him to leave this world and return to the Father. Having [greatly] loved His own who were in the world, He loved them [and continuously loves them with His perfect love] to the end (eternally). 

2 It was during supper, when the devil had already put [the thought of] betraying Jesus into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, 

3 that Jesus, knowing that the Father had put everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was [now] returning to God, 

4 got up from supper, took off His [outer] robe, and taking a [servant’s] towel, He tied it around His waist.

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

In the upper room during the passion meal, Jesus demonstrated His love.

John 13:1 says Having [greatly] loved His own who were in the world, He loved them [and continuously loves them with His perfect love] to the end (eternally).

His hour had come.

Here was Jesus, “the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.” Ready to die a redemptive death.

He would soon no longer be with His disciples physically.

He needed to show them that “He loved them [and continuously loves them with His perfect love] to the end (eternally).”

Compare Romans 5:6-8 and Ephesians 3:14-19.

So Jesus did the work of a servants He washed their feet.

John 13:6-11 gives Peter’s reaction , as he misunderstood the Master’s actions.

John 13:6-11 (AMP)

6 When He came to Simon Peter, he said to Him, “Lord, are You going to wash my feet?” 

7 Jesus replied to him, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but you will [fully] understand it later.” 

8 Peter said to Him, “You will never wash my feet!” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me [we can have nothing to do with each other].” 

9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, [in that case, wash] not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” 

10 Jesus said to him, “Anyone who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, and is completely clean. And you [My disciples] are clean, but not all of you.” 

11 For He knew who was going to betray Him; for that reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”

Jesus then interpreted the meaning of His actions in John 13:13-17 (AMP)

13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you are right in doing so, for that is who I am. 

14 So if I, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet as well. 

15 For I gave you [this as] an example, so that you should do [in turn] as I did to you. 

16 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 

17 If you know these things, you are blessed [happy and favored by God] if you put them into practice [and faithfully do them].

A servant must not expect better treatment than his Lord.

There is only one kind of greatness, the greatness of service, true humility.

Our love is shown by our willingness to do whatever is necessary to advance Christ’s kingdom, even if it involves humiliating service.

2. Jesus appealed to Judas with long suffering love.

John 13:18-30

Judas must have been the perfect actor and the perfect hypocrite, he deceived everyone but Jesus.

After revealing that a disciple would betray Him, Jesus gave a morsel to Judas.

To give a morsel at a meal was a mark of goodwill.

Judas must have been on Jesus’ left, the place of highest honour kept for the most intimate friend.

Again and again Jesus must have quietly appealed to Judas, but Judas remained unmoved, impervious to this appeal of love.

This scene beautifully displays the attitude Jesus expects us to have.

Real Christlike love seeks the best for everyone.

3. Jesus taught them that love meant going to the cross, which would be followed by great glory.

John 13:31-33 (AMP)

31 So when Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now is [the time for] the Son of Man [to be] glorified, and God is glorified in Him; 

32 [if God is glorified in Him,] God will also glorify Him (the Son) in Himself, and will glorify Him at once. 

33 Little children, I am with you [only] a little longer. You will look for Me and, as I told the Jews, so I tell you now, ‘Where I am going, you are not able to come.’

The disciples had to learn that the Christian way is not the easy way.

To bring redemption the words and glory to God, Jesus had to bear a cross.

Soon the disciples would see Jesus dying on the cross, for He was now seen as a God who was not only concerned about people but was actually involved with people.

God would glorify Jesus through the resurrection and His return to glory.

And the disciples would often face a cross as they carried on Christ’s work, and Jesus would glorify them.

4. Jesus gave His disciples a command to love one another.

John 13:34-35 (AMP)

34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. 

35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”

This was Jesus’ farewell command.

We are to keep on following His examples of love, agape love.

Jesus loved His disciples selflessly and sacrificially.

Sometimes we think love is meant to give us happiness.

In the long run, it does, but it may bring pain or demand a cross.

Jesus also loved His disciples understandingly.

He knew them and still loved them.

Jesus loved His disciples forgivingly even when Peter later denied Him and the others forsook Him in His time of need.

They were blind and insensitive, slow to learn, and lacking in understanding, but there was no failure in them that Jesus could not forgive.

As He loved, so are we to love.

Conclusion.

Jesus knew the future of the kingdom depended not on the brilliance and greatness of His followers, but on their loving one another as He loved them.

So it is today.

The first lesson in the upper room is love.

Until next time

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