God’s Love to Us – Part 3

When we understand God’s love for us it opens the door to understanding the Father because God is love. (1 John 4:8)

Sun Mountains

“He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:45

Peter’s Love

So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.”

Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.”

Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.
. — John 13:31-38

  • …Love one another as I have loved you (First)…
  • “By this all will know that you are My disciples”… Peter “I better get to loving”
  • WORKS… I’ll show you Jesus!! I’ll die for you.
  • There’s NO POWER in My Love For Him ONLY, without Revelation of His love toward me.

John’s Love

When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.

Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.

Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.

Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night. — John 13:21-30

  • Why only in John’s gospel does the phrase “whom Jesus loved” Appears?
  • He had a revelation of God’s love for him.
  • Jesus loved all the disciples intensely, BUT John knows it – revelation of his love.
  • John was the only disciple that knew that judas was the betrayer.
  • He was the only disciple at the foot of the cross. (john 19:25-27) Peter wasn’t there.
  • Tradition says boiling oil could not harm him. So he was banished to the island of Patmos and wrote the whole book of Revelations.
  • He’s like a man in a round house…You can’t corner him
  • He had a revelation of God’s unconditional “grace” love for him.

Good things happen to those who know God loves them.

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