Summary: When we read the Scriptures, we read about ourselves and God. And when we identify ourselves and God in that Book? A wonderful adventure of life begins! It's all about life. After all, It is God’s love letter to us all!
In India there is a cemetery where the bodies of American soldiers are buried. Over the entrance to this cemetery these words are written: 'Tell Them We Gave Our Todays for Their Tomorrows’” -Edward Chinn
“I have been at the bedside of many people in their final moments, when they stand on the edge of eternity. And I have never heard anyone say, 'Bring me my diplomas! I want to look at them one more time. Show me my awards, my medals, and that gold watch I was given.'
When life on earth is ending, people don't surround themselves with objects. What we want around us is people, – people we love and have relationships with. In our final moments we all realize that relationships are what life is all about."
Bearing that in mind, think about what Jesus said to His followers in vs. 9, "As the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you. . ." Can you imagine how close God the Father is to God the Son? -- No relationship could possibly be closer.
John 10:30, Jesus said: "I and My Father are one.''
John 14:6-9, Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.'' 8. Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.'' 9. Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father. . ."
The Father and Son are one. No love could be stronger. No relationship could be closer. But wonder of wonders, God wants to be that close to us! God Himself wants to be our Father and Best Friend! Jesus said, "As the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you. . ."
The greatest love can bind us together with God!
How? -- Through faith in Jesus Christ!” (RickWarren).
There is a pattern or should I say a legacy that Jesus had done for all who will receive Him. Edward Chinn had quoted unknowingly that our Savior, Our Master had demonstrated it first in His life, the Oneness of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and all believers of Jesus, before the soldiers who died in India had shown... before Edward Chinn had quoted. There is a sign. LET ALL MEN KNOW this....
When the love of God is present in the life of a believer, it will be manifested in the five areas of their lives....
1. Love For The Savior
John 14:15 “If you love Me keep My commandments!” but, Rev. 2:4- you have left your first love!....
Would this be left out? Surely, many did... but today.... let us go back to the Source of our love, and this love is the beginning of all our loves. This is where good works and fruits begin. This is where Psalm 37:4 comes in. Doing good and doing everything stems from this genuine love for Jesus through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in us. Truly Jesus meant what He said in Matthew 7:16 “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (KJV)
Where is our love? It all should begin to the Source of all true, genuine love... GOD. This love from God would surely manifests in all we do. This again may I repeat the springboard of our everything as a Christian. For we can not continue our topic for today without settling first on where our love started. It should begin on the cross. Nothing more, nothing less.
2. Love For The Scriptures
“You search the Scriptures, for you believe they give you eternal life. And the Scriptures point to Me!” (John 5:39 TLB)
This Bible is where we got a language for our faith; we got words for our feelings; we got pictures for our dreams. And my image of Jesus became more multifaceted! When I thought I understood, there was always more and more and more. Everyday? There is a Rhema Word that is different from what I read before.... Truly, they are new every morning! I had begun to feed on the mysteries of God. And it was intellectually a most stimulating awakening. That way of reading served me well, for a while. This was the time when I was naïve and arrogant enough to identify with the people I read about, or whose writings I read. I felt like Peter and I felt like Paul—especially when they had negative feelings. I felt like all the disciples. I felt like the Prodigal Son—I had not yet learned that the story in Luke 15 was actually also about the older son, who is the one who is like church people, those who stayed on the farm (somebody has to), but couldn't take it unto himself to be grateful when his brother came home. Whooooaaaa, this thirst that I wanted to become more like Jesus, wondering what He would say or do had He been where I was.