Tuesday, May 22, 2007

(#7) John 14 Sermon: The Shape of that Love

(This is the seventh post in a Sermon on John 14:15-31. Read the passage and previous posts first.)

A question: What is the shape of that love?

It is not simply to be affectionate: to like him, or worse, to love the idea of Jesus. Its very concrete.

  • V15: If you love me, you will keep my commandments
  • V23: Those who love me will keep my word

So you’ll be committed to finding out what his commandments are; what his word is. And then be committed to living that way. And you’ll discover, as you read the Bible, its not simply ethical teaching; and it’s not just a morality; and you won’t find a stack of laws in the New Testament. But there’s plenty to do and plenty to be. But here's the thing: You cannot love Jesus while not doing what he says.

It is impossible.

More to come...

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