Over the last few weeks we have been looking at several people found in the Bible. We have used the lens, concept and theme of: Presence v Presents. So we looked at OT Joseph and his rollercoaster of a story and how throughout all the ups and downs, he remained focused on the Lord.
We also looked into the story of Mary, Jesus’ mother, and the cultural aspects she would have encountered.
Let’s learn from these people. Especially for Mary and John (one of his disciples, and dear friend) – their perspective of Jesus is so crucial, they knew Him, they spent time with Him, they loved Him.
Today I want us to explore the writings of John.
1 John 4: 7-11 English Standard Version (ESV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
John 13:34-35 English Standard Version (ESV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
YOU KNOW JESUS TO THE LEVEL YOU LOVE AND LIVE LIKE JESUS – That is what John is saying here.
ITS NOT A TEST OF FAITH – ITS A TEST OF FRIENDSHIP