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Self-Giving Love

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John 13:1 through John 13:17 (NRSV)

1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

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Self -Giving Love

John 13:1-17

I.                   Introduction:   Love talked about is easily turned down, but love demonstrated is irresistible.

II.                Self -Giving Love Exposed (Vv. 1-5)

A.           The Extent of Love (V. 1)

B.           The Extent of Giving (Vv. 1-2)

C.           The Extent of Humiliation (Vv. 3-5)

III.             Self -Giving Love Expected (Vv. 12-17)

A.           An Expression of the Master (V. 15)

B.           An Expression of Fellowship (V. 14)

C.           An Experience of Blessedness (V. 17)

IV.             Self -Giving Love Extended (Vv. 6-11)

A.           An Offering for the Removal of Filth (Vv. 8, 10, 11)

B.           An Offering of the Requirements of Fellowship (V. 8)

C.          An Opening for a Reply Furnished (Vv. 6-9, 11)

V.                Conclusion: Will you allow your life to be transformed by submitting to the greatest Love this World has ever known?

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