Summary: to Love Jesus is to obey him
John 14:15-31 "If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"
23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28 "You heard me say, `I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31 but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. "Come now; let us leave.
How will anyone know that you love Jesus?
3 times Jesus makes it crystal clear!
15 If you love me, you will obey...
21 Whoever has my commands and obeys...
23 If anyone loves me .. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.
How does your spouse know that you love them - any evidence?
Hurt me more than it hurts you? Or hurts you more than it hurts me
Obeying His commands not so complicated
Red letters of the Bible - give several examples
Distilled the entire OT to two commands
Not complicated, but it is hard.
AND - We aren't to do it alone
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--
On that day (Pentecost) you will realize -
Jesus will never abandon us - but will live in us more completely than ever
Jesus promises to leave - and that is not what we want to hear
He also promises to never abandon
If Jesus was always by me - then I might never know what stuff I am made of
I would never disobey much because "He's watching me"
Won't leave you as orphans - what's the problem with leaving. What's the blessing of leaving