The Scriptures covered in this post are from John 15:9-14 NASB.
“Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; remain in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that a person will lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you.”
These words that Jesus spoke and conveyed to us who believe and trust in Him, are absolutely critical to being in an intimate joyful personal relationship with Jesus.
It is within this intimate relationship that the unseen takes shape and our hearts and minds are changed and God touches our spirit with His Spirit. It is where we meet Jesus and Jesus meets us. Notice the source, from God the Father, to God the Son, to us. And when Jesus says, “remain in My love”, He is telling us that this is the preferred place to be. In fact, Jesus is telling us that it is within this obedient personal relationship that we find our joy in Jesus and He in us.
Note that Jesus states that His joy may be in us and because of His joy in us, and because we are in Him, our joy is full. Jesus could have said that He was joyful because we were joyful but He didn’t. God’s Word is amazing. Colossians 2:10 NASB comes to mind.
This chain of flow source is always consistent, throughout all of Jesus’ teachings. It is not something that can be side stepped or laid aside as not vitally important. Jesus continually emphasized this when He told us that without Him, we could do nothing. Knowing who Jesus is, is not “knowing” Jesus.
Religion, can easily become a form or a process that we follow, a form or process that in itself, can become just following a pattern. But that pattern, unless it is connected to the source, can easily become meaningless, without the substance of the reality, of the relationship with Jesus and God our Father, behind it. So the one on one time we spend with God, in His Word, in prayer and in praise, is absolutely vital. And if that intimacy isn’t there, we should really be asking ourselves, why? James 4:8 NASB comes to mind.
And then Jesus tells us what we need to do, to remain in His love. Keep His Commandments. Notice the plural. But them Jesus switches from a plural to a singular, that in essence, encompasses all of Jesus’ Commandments. Love one another as Jesus has loved us. And the extent to which that love is demonstrated, that would be where we unselfishly seek the best for one another, over ourselves, just like Jesus did for us. Matthew 26:39 NASB comes to mind. And if we consistently took this directive to heart, would it not change the manner in which we interact with one another? I’m thinking, of necessity, it would have to.
And lastly, in John 15:14, Jesus changes from calling His disciples “servants” (John 12:26, John 13:13-16) to calling them “friends”. A servant does what he or she is told and may see what his or her master does, but does not necessarily know the meaning or purpose of it. But a friend knows what is happening, because friends develop deep fellowship by communicating with one another. Being “friends” with Jesus, at His invitation, is at a more intimate level. Just the realization that Jesus, the Son of God, would invite us into that level of a relationship, is in itself, amazing.
More to follow.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!