Love, Lessons, and the Gospel

Re:Verse passage – John 13: 1-17 (day five) 

John 13:1b having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

Jesus does many amazing things all in this particular act of love. It was definitely a teaching moment. It was also an empowering moment. But above all, it was an act of love- selfless love. What would cause Him to pause as He continued deeper and deeper into the shadow of the cross? Love.

He is also teaching them so many lessons: no one is above serving, no one is below being served, a pattern for selfless love, Jesus is the source to be able to love like that. 

I wonder if they “got it” while it was happening?  I suspect as they reflected later and realized how close this event was to the crucifixion it made even more of an impact.

This kind of sacrificial love and service points directly to the gospel. Only a gospel transformation of one’s heart and nature can cause us to humbly and lovingly serve others like this. 

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

One thought on “Love, Lessons, and the Gospel”

  1. Jesus taught us what unconditional love is! In this world, it is rare to have this type of unconditional love but it is common to find transactional or conditional love in all walks of life.

    When we give unconditional love, we show that we care for the happiness of others without expecting any thing in returns. There are benefits for unconditional love. The article below explains the concept and provides practical examples.

    Conditional or transactional love is not love but is considered a manipulative strategy in my view.

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