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John 14:15-24

March 1, 2024
John 14:15-24

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.


Jesus promises that he will not leave us as orphans. He warns his followers that though he must leave us temporarily because of his impending death on the cross, he will give us something better than his physical presence in a human body. He will ask the Father to give us the Holy Spirit who will dwell not only with us, but in us. Because Jesus lives, we also will live in him. The triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, will make his home in us. The reason why we need not fear is because we will be united to Jesus forever.

 In our daily life, we are called to express our love for Jesus by doing what he says. How can you say you love Jesus if you ignore his words? If you love Jesus, you will keep his commandments. Consider all that Jesus has done for you through his life, death and resurrection. Ask yourself: What is Jesus telling you to do today?