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31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

31 But that the world may know that I love the Father,

The world needs to know that the Father sent Jesus to die on the cross and rise from the dead. Jesus did the will of the Father because of His love for the Father. It is important that we recognize the primacy of the Son’s love of the Father.

and as the Father gave Me commandment,

It is crucial that the world knows that the Father had a plan for Jesus. All the events that took place were not random. Jesus unquestioningly followed the will of the Father.

so I do.

Jesus executed exactly what the Father had planned for Him (Php 2:8). The goon squad was about to arrest Jesus, but He accepted His fate. It was all in God’s grand plan from eternity.

Arise, let us go from here.

Jesus asked the apostles to leave the upper room to go to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. It was time to draw His destiny to a crisis. The word “go” is in a tense that speaks of progress. Jesus’ command here was to begin a progress of leaving the upper room. Jesus added further instruction in the upper room before the time of their actual leaving (John 18:1).

It may be that chapter 14 finished the upper room discourse, but chapter 15 continued in an outdoor setting. However, the context does not necessarily demand that Jesus and the apostles left immediately. It may be that Jesus finished the upper room discourse in chapter 14 and that He gave the contents of chapters 15 (vine and branches) through 17 in an outdoor setting as they walked toward the Mount of Olives.

PRINCIPLE:

Believers should follow Jesus’ example of putting primacy on love for God.

APPLICATION:

It is important for the Christian to place the primacy on love for God in his or her life. Since love is from God, who is the source of love, the best thing that we can do is go back to the source (1 Jn 4:7). Each believer is a responder to God. God first loves us, and then we send love back to Him. Before our love reaches out to anyone, it first goes up to God. When it goes up to God, God gives it a strength or power, and then we extend it to others. That is the circuit of love. It all begins with putting primacy on love for God.

Much of what we hear today about love is hot air. Some say, “Oh, how I love God,” but they know very little about God. That is vacuous maudlin sentimentality. It does not mean a thing to God. They might as well say, “I love a snake.” As we cannot love someone fully without knowing him, so we cannot love God without knowing Him.

Many Christians hold superficial love toward God, but they don’t know the first thing about biblical love. They do not comprehend biblical love because they do not understand biblical principles. They know little of Jesus’ person and work. When a false teacher comes down the pike with maudlin sentimentality, they buy into it hook, line, and sinker because they do not have the doctrinal foundation to ward him off. They operate on the superficial principle of attraction rather than the sound principle of character.

Many marriages end in disaster because the spouses based their marriage on attraction rather than more important underlying factors for marriage. Sooner or later the attraction palls away. Antagonism or indifference then replaces attraction. Attraction means that you do not truly know the person.

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