Loving Jesus

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    John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

    Theological Reflection

    These words, spoken by Jesus usher us into the revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus says, if you love me.” Love here is not some blissful feeling; it is to surrender our will, to the will of Jesus Christ; that is, oneness of will with Jesus. 

    John 15:10 says, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”  The nature of keeping the commandments represent one command; the command to love.

    This is not a law to love; nor is it a degree or form of love. What Jesus does is establish the foundation of love in Himself.  This call to love, is to love one other as those who are loved by Jesus.  Thus, the commands sums up the complexity of living life in obedience to God.

    John 13:34 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

    The basic relationship established by the commandment is that of the Father to the Son. Listen to John 10:17-18, “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have the power to take in again. This command I have received from My Father.

    In Jesus Christ there is eternal life; we gain eternal life not because we fulfill the commands of God, but because Jesus Christ fulfilled the commands of God. John 12:50 says, “And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.

    When Jesus says “if you love Me”, it is the love that he himself embodied, that we are to love him with.  John 14:31 says, “But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do.”

    In keeping the Father’s commands, the Son loves the Father. The Son remains in the love of the Father, that is, in the love with which the Father loves him.  Our love should be modeled after the  love of Jesus for the Father.

    Prayer

    Lord God, thank for your love. For, You loved us so much that you gave your only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not parish, but receive eternal life.  Lord Jesus, thank you for the redemptive work of the cross. And, thank you for the abundance of love, mercy and grace that maintains a vigil over our lives.

    Lord Jesus, thank you for calling us to be in you, as you are in the Father.  And, Lord thank you for the revelation of love that is in you. Thank for leaving heaven to walk among us, delivering us from the sin and death. Hallelujah to your name; hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah. In Jesus name, hallelujah and Amen.