John 15:9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. (NLT)
In the last two weeks, we’ve been camping out in John chapter 15 (the REMAIN or ABIDE chapter), and we’ve seen how Jesus instructs us to:
Remain in Him,
Remain in His Word,
and today….(drumroll, please,)
Remain in His Love.
Truly, I thought talking about His love was going to be the easiest and most cheery. That was until I got stuck on the one phrase in verse 9:
“…even as the Father has loved me.”
That’s how Jesus says He will love us.
When I asked the question, “Just HOW did God love Jesus?”, sorry for being a Dory Downer, but my mind immediately went to all the suffering He allowed His Son to endure.
John 15:7-8 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. (NLT)
I find it fascinating that twice in John chapter 15 (verses 4 and 5), Jesus says, “If you remain in Me and I (He – Jesus – remains) in you”, but in verse 7 He says, “If you remain in Me, and MY WORDS remain in you, you can ask anything you want, and it will be granted.”
Why did He switch it from “I” to “My words” remaining in us?
I’ve been a bit under the weather the past almost two weeks, and when you live in Illinois, under the “weather” could mean something different every day. I was bummed to cancel all my music students last week to not share the love with them, but the really bright side was it allowed me all kinds of time to hang out in John chapter 15, and dig deeper than I ever had before.
This week’s post has more of a Bible study format, and I consider it my “thank You note” to God for allowing me to get sick, 🙂 for directing me to this amazing chapter, and for drawing me back into more study of His Word.
I will forever call it the “REMAIN” chapter, as Jesus says the word “remain” 8 times in the first 9 verses. I spent hours each day, and still only got through verses 1-17, which seemed to easily fall into 3 sections:
REMAIN in Him. (John 15:1-6)
REMAIN in His Word. (John 15:7-8)
REMAIN in His love. (John 15:9-17)
I so very much want to get better at all three.