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THE THREE COMMANDMENTS

Date: 
May 21, 2017
Speaker: 
Rev. Terry Martinson
Reading: 
John 14:15-24

THEME: Jesus calls us to obey his commandments

 

HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT SOMEONE LOVES YOU?

  • You might hear it in his/her words…
    • Love Letter: “To show my love for you, I’d climb the highest mountain… I’d walk the hottest desert… I’d fight the fiercest beast… I’d swim the widest ocean… P.S. – I’ll see you tomorrow if it doesn’t rain.”
    • You might see it in his/her actions…
    • You might feel it in his/her presence…

 

HOW DO WE KNOW THAT JESUS LOVES US?

  • He gave his life for us…

 

HOW DOES JESUS KNOW THAT WE LOVE HIM?

  • According to the Gospel of John, there is only one test of our love for Jesus – our obedience to him
  • John links love to obedience
  • Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
  • “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you to do.”
  • It was through his own obedience that Jesus demonstrated his love for God… it is through our obedience that we demonstrate our love for Jesus…

 

WHAT IS A COMMANDMENT?

  • We may think of commandments as hard and fast rules associated with power, authority, and control…
  • Commandment is synonymous with instruction…
  • Commandments are practical wisdom – wise, practical advice
  • Commandments are essential guidelines for living, but we often stray from the essentials

 

WHERE DID THE COMMANDMENTS – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS – COME FROM?

  • As the Hebrew people approached the Promised Land, Moses went up to the top of Mt. Sinai… on the mountaintop God gave the 10 Commandments – carved on two stone tablets – to Moses to give to the people…
  • Where in the Old Testament do we find the 10 Commandments?  Exodus 20:1-17 or Deuteronomy 5:6-21
  • The Old Testament is the foundation of three major faiths: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity… therefore the 10 Commandments are essential wisdom for Jews, Moslems, and Christians.
  • How many of the 10 Commandments can you recall?
  • It’s interesting to note that the 10 Commandments include 8 things we should never do and 2 things that we should always do.

 

JESUS SAID, “IF YOU LOVE ME, YOU WILL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.” (John 14:15)

 

  • What commandments was Jesus talking about?
  • How many commandments of Jesus are there? (According to the Gospel of John, there are three commandments of Jesus – all found in John 13 and 14.)
  • What are the three commandments of Jesus?
    • John 13:14-15 – “You should do as I have done.”
    • John 13:34-35 – “Love one another.”
    • John 14:1 – “Believe in God.”

JOHN 13:14-15 – “Do as I have done.”

  • At the last supper Jesus took the role of a servant… washed the feet of the 12
  • Jesus was setting a pattern for his disciples…
  • Do we have to wash one another’s feet? No, but we do have to serve one another in whatever manner is needed.

John 13:34-35 – “Love one another.”

  • A new commandment – “Love one another, as I have loved you.”
  • How does Jesus love us?
  • The love of Christ is an unconditional love that is always reaching out…

John 14:1 – “Believe in God.”

  • Trust in God
  • Faith is believing that God can change things… trust is knowing that God will do what’s best.

 

JESUS PROMISES THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

  • Jesus promised his followers that if they obeyed his commandments he would give them the gift of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:15-17)
  • What is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is God’s presence with us on a daily basis.
  • Jesus knew that following him would not be easy… not easy to do what he had done… not easy to love one another… not easy to believe in God..
  • Jesus knew that we would need help…
  • He promised that the Holy Spirit would come to be our helper – to comfort, encourage, and strengthen…

 

RECAP                                           

  • “Do as I have done!”                                      
  • “Love one another!”                                       
  • “Believe in God!”                                            

 

Sermon Seeds

  • Daily Study Bible – John – William Barclay
  • Sermonwriter materials 4-27-08
  • The 10 Commandments of Common Senses – Hal Urban

 

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