The beloved disciple, as John calls himself, was compassionately taken in by Jesus’ words about love. It is the underlying theme of his writings. Matthew wrote of the Law fulfilled. Mark gave us the facts of the matter. Luke wrote of the lostness of mankind and now John writes of the I AM as the Way, Truth and Life…because of Love. Unconditional Love. Jesus left glory to humble himself because of His love for us. Jesus is the bridge to God. Jesus is our advocate, as well as our Redeemer. He now sits by the Father and tells Him about us…by name…because of His love for us.
Now Jesus tells us what love looks like to the world. He tells us what love looks like to those who believe and follow. Our love for Jesus invites Him into every situation and circumstance. Love finds a way through the challenges of this imperfect world. Love is Truth in the Person of Jesus Christ. All he asks in return? For us to love Him back with all that is within us, for that is abundant living, with a new understanding of others, full of grace and mercy. Love looks and sees things differently.
John 14, The Message
22 Judas (not Iscariot) said, “Master, why is it that you are about to make yourself plain to us but not to the world?”
23-24 “Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood! Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.
25-27 “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.
28 “You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life.
29-31 “I’ve told you this ahead of time, before it happens, so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in me. I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me. But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.
“Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.”
God’s love for us sent Jesus on a mission to save us. God’s love is full of grace and mercy. When we love Him back by following His commands “right down to the last detail” He gives us His gift of peace.
“The Father is the goal and purpose of my life,” says Jesus. The questions that arises this morning…What IS the overall goal and purpose of our lives? Are we loving Him back with ALL our heart, ALL our mind and ALL our soul? Does the world around us KNOW without a doubt that we love like God loves us?
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving us so generously, so deeply and completely. Our love is not perfect at times, but we are striving to be more than we were yesterday. Thank you for your patience with us. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul and I pray that the world may know You more by seeing You in me today. Continue to be with us.
In Jesus Name, Amen