During his last moments with the disciples in that upper room, Jesus gave them some last reminders. His words have a sense of urgency to them. John’s gospel has four chapters devoted to Jesus’ final instructions. There were words of comfort, words of instruction, words of warning… His final words of wisdom to those he was entrusting his message with after he was gone.
I can’t copy it all here, but it’s encouraging for us to read John 14-17 these 2000 years later. Here’s just a snippet…
John 15:9-17 (NLT)
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.
Meditate on the Word of the Lord!