Monday, February 23, 2015

Perfect obedience

I was reading in John chapter 14 this morning, which includes some of Jesus' last words to His disciples. It is sandwiched between His washing the feet of His disciples (including Judas) before eating the Passover with them for the last time, and His time in the garden of Gethsemane where He is betrayed by Judas, ultimately to His death. Jesus is trying to communicate, among other things, that He is going away to His death, but that it will be ok, He will live again and be back to set things right.

In John 14 verse 31, I was impacted heavily by the obedience of Jesus when He says,

"But, in order that the world might know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father has commanded me."

When Jesus talks about doing the will of the Father here, He means He is going to the cross to die, and He is doing it out of obedience to the Father. He is so obedient that He is going to His own torturous death knowingly and willingly. Stop for a moment and think about that.

That powerfully demonstrates His love for the Father, and for us as well. It also powerfully demonstrates God's amazing mercy and love for us to ask His perfectly obedient Son, Jesus, to die for us in order to pay the penalty for our sins, wash us white as snow in His own blood, and present us to God the Father as perfectly holy. Stop and think about that too.

"But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Jesus is our model, He lived out obedience, and He asks us to obey Him like He obeys the Father. But this is no guilt trip! Our obedience demonstrates our love.

What are His greatest commandments to us?

"Love the LORD your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself."

This message, and all of the rest of God's Word to us should be available for everyone to read. Help us to help those who don't yet have it.

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