If you love me, you will keep my commandments. ~ Jesus of Nazareth
The Resurrection has many, varied, and beautiful effects. Through it we are invited into an “eternal kind of life” (Dallas Willard), we are strengthened for holy living, we are empowered for witness, and we are strengthened and made stable in times of suffering and loss. Each of this week’s passages speaks to these realities.
John 14 addresses the work of the Holy Spirit and the fact that the Spirit empowers us toward obedience. As 21st century folk, we might bristle at the idea of obeying someone. Perhaps we think obedience to God is an archaic of saying that we are to live a “good life”. To be sure, a life lived in obedience to God is a great example of the “good life”. But, it is good for us to be reminded that obedience to Christ’s commands is not negotiable. We all have to serve somebody (thank you, Bob). We most often serve ourselves and obey our wants and desires. Yet, life after the Resurrection is a kingdom of people joyfully obedient to their king, whose name is Jesus.
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good
things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such
love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above
all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we
can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.