Sixth Sunday of Easter | May, 26, 2019
23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. 25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.
John 14:23-29 New Living Translation (NLT)
This week we are again in a passage that occurs before Jesus’ crucifixion. This conversation that he his having with his disciples occurs after he states that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The disciples aren’t so sure that they know the way to the Father, and Jesus reminds them if they have seen Jesus, they have seen the Father. He promises them that they will do the same things that He did and even greater works because the Holy Spirit will come and dwell within them.
The Holy Spirit will do the work of the Father in our lives. This is where we pick up in today’s text. He reminds his disciples that if we love Him, we will do what He says. If we don’t love Him, we won’t obey Him. Jesus makes it seem all so black and white. It really is our love for God and our obedience to Him that shows to the world that we are His disciples.
During this conversation, Jesus reminds his disciples that He is going away, but the Holy Spirit will come and be an Advocate. When we think of this, think of the lawyer who is with you at a trial. We also use the word Counselor – this is the same thought. The Holy Spirit is there to guide us along the way – the Holy Spirit is on our side and directs us in our Christian living.
Jesus tells us that if we love him, we will obey him. He is not requiring anything of us that He isn’t already doing. Jesus knew that his time was coming to a close and that in order to bring salvation, he must endure the cross and the same and be obedient to the Father.
Sometimes we say, but if I could learn more about Jesus that would make me a better Christian. Many years ago, I heard a quote – and it is haunting. I heard it in a class that I was taking on the life of Jesus. Most of that class was focused on the gospel of John. The professor said this, “We are educated well beyond the level of our obedience.” Ouch! We know what to do – the Holy Spirit, if He is dwelling in us (and He should as believers) will guide us into the truth. The Holy Spirit will guide us into obedience if only we let Him.
Let’s truly love Jesus by doing what He says.