Scripture: John 15:9-17; 17:1-26
King James Version (KJV)
9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17These things I command you, that ye love one another.
King James Version (KJV)
1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
6I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
7Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
8For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
9I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
12While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
The commandments and obedience Jesus speaks of is something we should do if we truly love Him. A child that truly loves their parent will do what the parent asks of them. We are like children to God, and we should do what he saya. Giving Him joy, gives us joy. Jesus proved His obedience to His Father, and love for us, by dying on the cross. “Greater love hath no man than this, tha a man lay down his life for his friends.”(John 15:13) Jesus calls us His friends, ones he is willing to die for, and at the same time, He is being obedient to God, His Father.
Jesus prays to His Father, telling Him he knows He gave him His name, God, which He has spread throughout the world, the disciples, which he knew were God’s, and were entrusted to Him, and God’s Word was given to Jesus, to teach the disciples, and for them to spread it abroad throughout the world. He thanks God for giving hi these disciples, these friends, for entrusting their teaching of God’s Word to them. He is always praying for them, their wisdom and strength to persevere through all trials and hardships, after He has gone back to the Father.
Jesus loved the disciples, and he prayed for them that they will stay strong in their faith, in the knowledge of the love of God they felt through Jesus. But he prayed for each believer that will come after, too! He prayed that all who heard the work of God would feel His love, believe on Him, and serve Him. Jesus knows how loving and forgiving God is, and hos He draws all men to Him, and wants everyone to feel that love, that acceptance. He also know the wrath of God on those that reject Him, and prays no one chooses that path. That is why Jesus willingly took the path of sacrifice, dying on the cross, so no one will ever have to feel anything but the love of God.
Which do you choose? Love or wrath?