TEXT: John 13:1-3
1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;
3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 196.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “Though we are incomplete, Jesus loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, His love encompasses us completely. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.”
Now that Jesus has finished His final teaching and warning to the Jews in the Temple, He turns his attention to those whom He had chosen, those who belonged to Him. Jesus spent His final hours as a free man with a small number of individuals whom He had spent the past three years teaching and training. The next five chapters in the book of John tell us Jesus’ final words to His disciples. But, first we find them at supper.
John tells us that this supper occurred “before the feast of the Passover”, so it was on Thursday. The Passover was the next day on Friday, and Jesus knew that “his hour was come.” He would be sacrificed as the Lamb of God on the cross on that day.
As we read this passage, one can sense the shadow of the cross looming larger and larger as we move toward the climax of the Gospel of John. Jesus increasingly turned His attention to it, but not in a negative, morbid sense. Jesus never lamented His own death. In fact, He rebuked one of His disciples who suggested that He not go to the cross. Jesus was not gathering with His disciples to have a pity party before a terrible event as some of us might do. He knew what was coming and what He had to do, and He awaited the hour willingly.
Instead of focusing on the unpleasantness of death, we see that Jesus focused on something positive. John tells us that Jesus saw it as the hour when “he should depart out of this world unto the Father.” It was no easy task for Jesus to be separated from the Godhead and to put on human flesh. As a man, He was subject to all of the discomfort, pain, hardship, heartache, temptation, and distress that each of us are subject to. One commentator has noted that “if you read the whole New Testament you will not find any reference to Christ laughing or smiling. But you do see Him crying and sorrowful.” Perhaps, this is the reason why we find Jesus praying to God so often in the Gospels: He was homesick for Heaven; He longed for the day when He would be reunited with His Heavenly Father. So, as He looked forward to the cross, He saw it as the doorway by which He would be going home.
At the end of His life, Jesus’ focus remained, as it had always been, on others. Verse 1 continues, “having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” Jesus had love in His heart for each of the men who were now reclining at supper with Him. He had hand-picked them out of the world and spent three years teaching and training them. He knew they were not perfect. They lacked faith, quarreled over who was most important, and were often hard-headed. But Jesus loved them anyway. He loved Peter, who, though he talked a big game, was weak, and would deny Him. He even loved Judas who was a devil and would betray Him.
At the end of His life, Jesus’ focus remained, as it had always been, on others. Verse 1 continues, “having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” Jesus had love in His heart for each of the men who were now reclining at supper with Him. He had hand-picked them out of the world and spent three years teaching and training them. He knew they were not perfect. They lacked faith, quarreled over who was most important, and were often hard-headed. But Jesus loved them anyway. He loved Peter, who, though he talked a big game, was weak, and would deny Him. He even loved Judas who was a devil and would betray Him. Warren Wiersbe said, “Jesus also knew that Judas would betray Him. Judas is mentioned eight times in John’s Gospel, more than in any of the other Gospels. Satan had entered into Judas, and now he would give him the necessary thought to bring about the arrest and crucifixion of the Son of God. The word translated “put” in John 13:2 literally means “to throw.” It reminds us of the fiery darts of the wicked one. Judas was an unbeliever), so he did not have a “shield of faith” to use to ward off Satan’s attacks.”
John tells us that Jesus ‘loved them to the end’; that is, He loved them completely, He loved them to the fullest, He loved them to the greatest extent possible. He loved them completely. If Jesus’ death on the cross only guaranteed that the twelve could be saved, I believe that Jesus would have gone to the cross anyway. That is how deep His love is.
But the good news is that Jesus loves each and every one of us in the very same way. He loves us completely and boundlessly. He loves us to the fullest. He said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” And that is exactly what Jesus did: He laid down His life for His friends. If you have good friends, they will be willing to go through a lot for you, but it would be well nigh impossible to find one willing to die for you. But Jesus did.
He died for His disciples and for you. He died so that we, too, can be united with the Heavenly Father right now on Earth and, one day, in Heaven. Here is how you can receive Jesus Christ into your life today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.