“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15 (NIV)
Jesus has spoken words of comfort to his disciples. He then tells them He is “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) In the verse preceding our focus verse Jesus shares with them something that might have astounded them. “You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.”(:14)
Next, He tells them, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (:15) They might have felt helpless when they heard this. I get a mental picture of each of them having a blank stare as they looked at their Master. Can you hear each of them as they mutter, “What does He mean? I love Him. I’m an adult. I haven’t had to obey anyone since I was a child.”
The Lord Jesus then continues by promising to send another Counselor to be with them forever. This Counselor will help them as they continue through life.
In our 21st Century, we see times when people choose to go their own way rather than obey their superiors—parents, supervisors, the laws of the land, or the authorities. We have to understand that in each of the areas of our lives, we have standards that we have to meet, aka rules we have to follow. We choose to follow them because we have regard for those who set the codes.
As Christian believers, we learn to love Jesus because He shed his blood and died for you and me. We love Him more each day because we learn more of the degree of His love for us, His children.
When you read this, we will be two, at most, days away from Ash Wednesday, a very important day of the church year. I pray that each of His children can show Him that we love Him during the season of preparation for His Resurrection.