When my mother asked me what my new faith felt like, she asked how I felt different. I knew I felt differently about everything but I really didn’t have a succinct way to explain it. I know I mentioned the peace I felt and the difference it had made, but I wish I could have been able to point to this passage in John’s Gospel. For me, the main thing that happened to cause a change in the way I felt, was the realisation of who and what Jesus is. In response to Judas’s question, Jesus points out that all who love him will do what he says. Then to anyone who has begun a journey of faith in the footsteps of Jesus, he says both the Father: God, and the Son: Jesus, will come and make their home with them. But the most important gift that Jesus promises his disciples is the the gift of his Advocate and representative, the Holy Spirit. Jesus Lives still, but no longer as a mortal man among us. Though the power of the Holy Spirit, men and women of faith—Jesus’s disciples—continue to be taught the ways of God and reminded of everything Jesus taught during the time he walked among us.
John 14:22-27 NLT
Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”
Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Jesus tells Judas that he will reveal himself to those who love him. What this says to me is that finding God is up to us. God already loves us and is ready to come and live with us to teach us and guide us. But we have to search for him and ask him to be our Lord. God loves enough not to force us to obey him. He waits and longs for us to love him enough to want to obey him. I pray this morning a great cry of thanks to my Lord, who waited for me to come to him. Thank you for the gift of peace in my mind and my heart and for the freedom you have given me to choose to obey you. Amen.
2 Samuel 7:1-8:18, John 14:15-31, Psalms 119:33-48, Proverbs 15:33