John 13:31-32 – Judas’ departure marks the point of no return in the betrayal of Jesus and so Jesus begins to speak of his crucifixion. The cross speaks to us more clearly of the glory of Christ and God than anything else.
4 lessons from this dramatic scene in Luke’s Gospel.
Jesus calls us to wash each other’s feet, to love one another as he loves us. Scripture tells us practical ways that Christians are to love one another.
What is the relationship between the Church and evangelism? The picture of the God’s city, the nations streaming into it through ever-open gates gives us a biblical picture: Our Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom, growth is integral to our identity and evangelism is linked inextricably with our life together.
The third mission of the Church is to overflow with the King’s grace, revealing the abundant goodness of God’s character and of creation by literally “doing good” to the world around. The river of the water of life flows from the throne of God, through the streets of the City of God and out into the world bringing healing and life. This picture is a picture of God’s grace flowing out of the Church transforming the world around and bringing glory to God. We are saved to do good works, and this overflow to the world commends and authenticates the Gospel, deepens our knowledge of God and enriches our experience of the life of the Spirit.