The Breathtaking Invitation by Jesus into a New Dimension of Connection to God

—John 14:14–31 (Part 20)

  • Andrew Fountain – Mar 8, 2020

 
 
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John 14:15–31 – If you love me, you will obey my commandments

Goal:

  • To get three things:
    1. The surprising beauty
    2. The size of what is being asked
    3. The immensity of what is being offereed

Plan for today

  1. The beauty of truth in John’s writing
  2. The key idea
  3. The promise of the “Companion”
  4. I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you

Structure of John

1–12
”Book of Signs”
13–21
”Book of Glory”

John 13–21 “Book of Glory”

13 A meal with the disciples

14–17 New Teaching
      from Jesus
     
to the disciples
18–20 Arrest
      Crucifixion
      Resurrection

21 A meal with the disciples

Goal last week:

  • To take in the care and empathy of Jesus
  • To feel empowered by the relationship we have with the Father—who is just like Jesus

John 14 “Greater things”

  1. I tell you the truth, the person who believes in me will perform the works that I am doing,
    and will perform greater works than these, because I am going to the Father..
  2. And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do…
  3. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

The Pattern×4

  1. If you love me, keep my commandments
  2. Connection with the Father
    • Promise of the Spirit
    • Word of comfort (not like the world)
  3. Future intimate connection with Father, Son & Spirit

If you love me...?

  • Do we have to perform well enough at this love to get rewarded?
  • The reward of love is more of God
  • The “commands” are: “follow my example”, “Love one another sacrificially”
  • If you want us to dance together, we must be dancing the same dance
  • How can we do this? —next part (vine and branches)

Summary of “if you love me”:

  • If you love me, you will obey my commandments
  • If you love me enough to want more of me, this is what brings us together:
    living in tune with me, particularly giving yourself to others in love

Paracletos “One who is called alongside”

  • Comforter (Tyndale),
  • Advocate, Helper, Counselor, Supporter, Consoler, Encourager, Wise-one
  • Companion (wise, strong & stands up for us)

Revelation 21

  1. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
    “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with humankind.
    He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,
    and God himself will be with them as their God.