This week we looked at John 15 and 16. Jesus understands the hard reality that His invitation into close fellowship with Himself will come at a great cost to his disciples. They will be hated by the world. Jesus is brutally honest with them about this reality. He also prepares them for this reality with specific instructions: “Abide in my life.” Abiding in his love means obeying Jesus’ commands as one who is loved by Jesus. This follows the pattern of Jesus obeying the Fathers’ commands as he is loved by the father. If believers abide in Christ, they will bear much fruit.
There are a great many ways that we can apply this to our lives. To listen to this sermon
- Are we really abiding in Christ? We must answer this on two levels. First, do we actually obey? And if we obey, do we obey as those who are loved by God, or, in Jesus’ words, “as friends”?
- Are we too comfortable with the world? John was probably thinking of this passage when he said, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17 ESV)
- Are we seeking God through Scripture and prayer? This passage sounded a similar theme as last week when we looked at John 14 and saw that Christ leaves the world, not to put more relational distance between himself and his followers, but for less. He leaves that the helper might come. When the helper comes, Christ will live, not just with them, but in them.
For next week:
For this coming Sunday, read over John 17. In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful passages in all of Scripture. His prayer includes you. So as you read this passage, find yourself in in Jesus’ words.