Wednesday, September 28, 2016

John 15:13-14 (KJV) Laying Down Our Life for Jesus

John 15:13-14 (KJV)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 
Jesus sets this passage up by inferring His friendship with the disciples and theirs for Him. As their friend He would perform the greatest act of love a man can do for his friends, He would lay down His life for them. In the next breath Jesus teaches us the best act of love we may do for Him, that is to do whatsoever He commands us.
Notice it is “whatsoever.” There are no conditions or exceptions. There can be no line of refusal, no limit to our observance. Whatsoever is “everything without question.”
In some respects then Jesus described this obedience as a laying down of our lives for Him.
In a day when Christians reject commandments and refuse standards as legalism Jesus’ words are more important than ever. No doubt it is not necessary to do the “whatsoevers” in order to be or stay saved. No question a believer can maintain many friendships with the world and still be a believer. But that isn’t the question at hand; Jesus said the greatest love was to lay down our lives for our friends.
Jesus did that for us
Can we not do that for Him? 
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John 15:13-14 (KJV) Laying Down Our Life for Jesus

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