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Monday, February 13, 2012

Jesus fulfilled the Law & the Prophets - Part 10 - John 15-21

  • John 15:9-17 - This is a long passage, but worth reading the whole thing - “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.'" I've heard bits and pieces of this passage quoted and applied to say that if we love God we should keep the 10 Commandments, but that is not at all what is being talked about here. It's crystal clear when read in context - especially in light of the other passages in John we've already covered. Yes, if we love God we will obey His commands - and what are His commands? To love one another! It's repeated in case we missed it the first few times! :)

  • John 15:25 - "'But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: "They hated me without reason."'" - Quoting from Psalms 35:19 & Psalm 69:4. Psalms was included in the Law. And this is very distinct from the commands of Jesus spoken of in previous verses.

  • John 17:8 - "For I gave them the words that you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.'" Jesus' words are the Father's words.

  • John 17:12 - "While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.'"

  • John 17:14 - "'I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the wolrd any more than I am of the world.'"

  • John 18:9 - fulfillment of what Jesus spoke in John 6:39

  • John 19:24 - fulfillment of Psalm 22:18

  • John 19:28 - "Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.'" Verse 30 - "When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'"

  • John 19:36-37 - Fulfillment of Ex. 12:46, Num. 9:12, Psalm 34:20, and Zech. 12:10

  • John 20:9 - "(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)"

  • John 20:30-31 - "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." - We see how Jesus fulfilled the things that were written about Him.
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