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The highest expression of love is to lay down your life for another. This Jesus did for you. Now you can bear fruit that will last.

BibleGateway: John 15:9-17

ESV Text: John 15:9-17

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:2 and ends at about 2:17

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     9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 150:
Lord Jesus, Thou Art Going Forth

— Organ Audio

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1. (The Soul:) Lord Jesus, Thou art going forth  
For me Thy life to offer;  
For me, a sinner from my birth,  
Who So be it,then,Thou Who Hope of men; 
Thee I shall follow weeping,  
Tears flowing free Thy pain to see,  
Watch o’er Thy sorrows keeping. 

2. (Jesus: ) O Soul, attend thou and behold  
The fruit of thy transgression!  
My portion is the curse of old  
And caused all Thou must suffer. 
Now comes the night That sin’s dread might, 
Man’s guilt I here am bearing.  
Oh, weigh it, Soul; 
I make thee whole,  
No need now of despairing. 

3. (The Soul: ) ‘Tis I, Lord Jesus, I confess,  
Who should have borne sin’s wages  
And lost the peace of heavn’ly bliss  
Through for man’s sin My Passion. 
Instead’tis Thou goest now everlasting ages. 
My punishment to carry.  
Thy death and blood 
Lead me to God;  
By grace I there may tarry. 

4. (Jesus: ) O Soul, I take upon  
Me now The pain thou shouldst have suffered.  
Behold, with grace I thee endow,  
Grace freely to thee offered. 
The curse I choose thou mightst lose 
Sin’s curse and guilt forever.  
My gift of love 
From heav’n above  
Will give thee blessing ever. A men. 

5.No merit has this heart of mine; 
Yet while I live, I’ll tender 
Myself alone, 
And all I own, 
In love to serve before Thee; 
Then when time’s past, 
Take me at last 
To Thy blest home in glory. 

Hymn: LSB 542 When I Behold Jesus Christ