John 15:12-17 , “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”
Jesus says, “You didn’t choose me….I chose you.”
This reveals some things:
1.It speaks of His position. (Jesus, being God, has this prerogative of choice.)
2. It also tells us of His authority…..His election.
- Ephesians 1 tells us that we are chosen….predestined in Christ before the foundations of the world. (Eph. 1:4)
- We can be secure in His love
- “Whosover will…..come.”
- ” Chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world!”
3. It shows us His affection…..His love.
- God knew all about you before He chose you….and still He chose you.
- C.H. Spurgeon (theologian/pastor) said, “It’s a good thing that God chose me before the foundation of the world, because He definitely would not have chosen me after I was born.”
4. It speaks of His intention.
- God has an inttention….a purpose for your life….a job for you to do.
- And He has “appointed” or “ordained” you for service.
- And He appointed us to “go”…..not stop….but go.
- We are to go and “bear fruit” that remains. (Speaks of new converts from the unbelieving world…..who have come to Christ.)
Rev. 14:13 (Your fruit will follow you into eternity.)
Vs. 13 The extreme example of love is demonstrated in one giving his life for his friends.
- Here….Jesus is speaking of His own death.
- The point: Jesus not only chooses us as His own friends…..but He came to the earth to ransom us from the penalty of sin and its resulting eternal condemnation.
- Vs. 15 We are not called servants but friends because He has made known to us all things that He has heard from the Father……the plan of God.
Matthew 13:10,11 The friends understand…those on the outside do not.
Luke 10:22-24 Jesus made known God’s plan to these He has chosen.
- Paul had told the Ephesian elders that he had made known to the “whole counsel of God”.
- People come to know the Lord as the Holy Spirit reveals Himself to them.
- Vs. 14 “You are my friends if you “do”. Jesus’ friends actively obey Him.
- Also….do “whatever”….He calls us to do.
- From James 4…..the question one must ask: “Am I going to be the world’s friend….or Jesus’ friend. (We realize that down the long haul….we cannot be both.)