THE LOVE OF CHRIST
As I was sitting here watching the snow fall, I thought about the love of God, or the “love of
Christ” Lin had mentioned to us last week that this Sunday Dec. 27 Begins the first week of advent. Advent means "coming."
Advent has historically tied the First Advent (the coming of Christ in the manger at Bethlehem) to the Second Advent (the
snatching away of the redeemed as seen in (1 Thes. 4:13-18) and the coming of Christ
to the earth in (Rev. 1:7, 19:11-16).
Having said that and with the “love of Jesus Christ” on my mind and in my heart, I would
like to preach on the subject, “The love of Christ.” I want to use for a text verse 19
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness
I am so glad that our Father in heaven Tells of His love in the Book He has given.
Of all the Wonderful
things in the Bible I see, This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me!
I. CHRIST'S LOVE
IS PERSONAL (Mat. 10:29-31) Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on
the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value
than many sparrows.
1. He came to die for you personally
A. Even if you were the only person in all the world, He still
would of came.
B. In John 3:16 change to who so ever to your name.
2. He calls for you in salvation personally (Rom.10:9-10)
A. If thou, of if you will confess
B. Can you not hear the call of God even now?
3. He cares for you personally (Mt.10:30)
A. The hairs of your head are numbered; He is watching over your
II. CHRIST'S LOVE IS PROVEN (Acts 20:28) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and
to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased
with his own blood.
1. Consider the place that He left in order to come to us He left:
A. His glory to experience shame
B. His Father to save the Father's enemies
C. The music of angels to dwell among blasphemers
D. Perfection to walk among sinners
2. Consider the price that He paid to redeem us
3. Consider the promises that He gave to us in the Bible
A. He wrote us a love letter containing 66 books, 1,189 chapters,
verses. In that Book He promised:
1. That He would never cast us out
2. That He would never leave us
3. A place for us in His Father's mansions
4. Peace for us
CHRIST'S LOVE IS PERPETUAL (Romans 8:38-39) . For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall
be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1. He loved us before we were born
A. Even before the creation of the world
2. He loved us before we were saved
3. He loves us all our lives
4. He loves us in death (Psa. 116:15) Precious in the sight of the
LORD is the
death of his saints.
5. He loves us throughout eternity
IV. CHRIST'S LOVE IS PERFECT
(Psa. 18:30) As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those
that trust in him.
1. It is unselfish
A. Bible love is called charity, because true love GIVES; lust,
B. Jesus gives:
1. His life
2. His blood
3. His protection
4. His salvation
5. His Spirit
6. His peace
7. His provision of our needs
2. It is unconditional
A. When we have trusted Christ as Savior, He loves us:
1. Even when we backslide
2. Even when we grow cold
3. It is unchanging
A. Jesus never falls out of love with His people
B. Jesus never has even a moment of unfaithfulness to His bride
Little Chad was a shy, quiet young fella. One day he came home and told his mother, he'd like to make
a valentine for everyone in his class. Her heart sank. She thought, "I wish he wouldn't do that!" because she had watched
the children when they walked home from school. Her Chad was always behind them. They laughed and hung on to each other and
talked to each other. But Chad was never included. Nevertheless, she decided she would go along with her son. So she purchased
the paper and glue and crayons. For three whole weeks, night after night, Chad painstakingly made thirty-five valentines.
Valentine's Day dawned, and Chad was beside himself with excitement! He carefully stacked them up,
put them in a bag, and bolted out the door. His mom decided to bake him his favorite cookies and serve them up warm and nice
with a cool glass of milk when he came home from school. She just knew he would be disappointed -- maybe that would ease the
pain a little. It hurt her to think that he wouldn't get many valentines -- maybe none at all.
That afternoon she had the cookies and milk on the table. When she heard the children outside she looked
out the window. Sure enough here they came, laughing and having the best time. And, as always, there was Chad in the rear.
He walked a little faster than usual. She fully expected him to burst into tears as soon as he got inside. His arms were empty,
she noticed, and when the door opened she choked back the tears.
"Mommy has some warm cookies and milk for you."
But he hardly heard her words. He just marched right on by, his face aglow, and all he could say was:
"Not a one -- not a one."
Her heart sank.
And then he added, "I didn't forget a one, not a single one!"
So it is when God is in control of the servant's mind. We realize as never before that life's greatest
joy is to give His love away -- a thought that brings to mind the saying:
It isn't a song until it's sung.
It isn't a bell until it's rung.
It isn't love until it's given away!