Pastor Brian McCormack spends time unpacking John 12:15-17 in which we are invited to walk across the bridge of heavier commandments back to the hope that they ultimately provide. In doing this, we are confronted with the truth that while there are obstacles in the way of hope, we are equipped to overcome the heavy with the promises that Jesus provides.
Let's read together.
12 “This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.
17 “This is what I command you: Love one another.
Some key statements and questions put forward that are important for us to talk about…
"This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you."
"I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing."
“I appointed you to go and produce fruit..."
"We need to stop settling for moments, and shoot for movement.” A moment with God isn't friendship with God. What does movement in your human friendships look like? How does that translate to mission with Jesus?
“Do not surrender to a spirit of hurry, worry, or fury.” Loving others isn't easy. Surrender is a gift from God. How would you describe surrender in your walk with Jesus? How does it differ from apathy?
"Every time you are accused, you are invited to lay your life down." Have you been accused of anything lately? How do you think Jesus would respond to those accusations?
Re-read today's passage and write down every "I" statement that Jesus says.
Use Jesus' words as a guide for praying your way across the bridge from heavy to hope this week.