Become Loving (John 3:21-38)Pastor Matt Prine, March 18, 2012
Part of the Become series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
As Jesus came closer and closer to the cross, He took each opportunity to model what it meant to love one another. He did this so that we might understand what He meant when He said to love as He loved. The reality is that Jesus wants us to understand that to become loving, you must become a person of intentional action. This love that He commands of us is also to be given to our enemies. Whereas we might find this extremely difficult, we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus showed love to Judas who was just hours away from collecting a bounty on Jesus' head. Join us as we seek to become a community of Christ-followers who love well, and love like Jesus.
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21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 22After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 23And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 24For John was not yet cast into prison. 25Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. 26And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 27John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30He must increase, but I must decrease. 31He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 32And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. 33He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)