A Portrait of Love

A Portrait of  Love

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

  1. introduction – they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. in our text today we have a portrait of love.  it occurred in simon’s house.  mary & martha & lazarus were there.   lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead, reclining at the table with Jesus   what occurred next was unthinkable.  when i read it i feel like a deer in headlights.  transfixed, astonished.   what mary did there is recorded in every mat 26:6-13, mark 14:3-9, luke 7:37-39 and  john.12:1-8.   IN MARK Jesus said WHAT WAS DONE HERE would talked about and remembered throughout the ages to come. we’re still talking about it after 2000 years.II.            the source of love (john 12:1-8 nkjv)

    this kind of love is so rare it’s personal, it’s intimate, it’s enduring

    wouldn’t you like to have been there?  it would have changed you forever

    for mary, it was as if no one else were in the room – just her and Jesus

    there was a complete break down of decorum, yet mary was not embarrassed

    in fact, she was hardly aware of others who were present

    this was not a sacrificial act; this was an act of pure devotion

    those who have been forgiven much, love much (REF. LUKE 7:47)

III.           the quality of love (1cor 13:4-7)

love is patient, love is kind…

it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…

it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered..

it keeps no record of wrongs…

it does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth

it always PROTECTS always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…

love never fails!

IV.          the necessity of love (rev 2:4-5)

he said i know your deeds and your hard work

they had endured many hardships for his name sake

they persevered and had not grown weary

yet, Jesus says, “i hold this against you: you have forsaken your first love

he continues: “if you do not repent i will remove your lamp stand from it’s place”

conclusion  –in john 21:15-18 Jesus has a very personal dialogue with peter.  they had been fishing all night and had not caught anything…  after bringing in the nets bursting with fish Jesus asked peter “do you love me more than these?  he asked peter the same question three times.  then he told peter to feed my LAMBS; tend AND FEED my sheep.   our lord is asking us this morning “do we love him, really, really love him.  if we do then we must care for his lambs, care for his sheep.   on her death bed, my mother in law, sister gamble told her daughters “i know what it is now…it’s divine love!”   god has called us to love one another in extraordinary ways and to demonstrate his love those who have lost their way.  join me in a new resolve to answer love’s call in a new way this Christmas season!

 

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