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By abiding in the love that is God and mediated to us through Christ, we are called upon to love and therefore share in the joy that comes from Jesus. Moses was chosen by God to redeem Israel from bondage.
There is a strong sense of mutuality present in this discourse, as Jesus says to the disciples—you’re no longer servants, you’re friends. It is one of equality, and according to John, Jesus is lifting his disciples (and us) to such a status. God chose David to form a kingdom despite his youth and lowly position.
Remember back when this sermon began – no, not my sermon, but Jesus’ sermon?
Remember how Jesus had decided to get away from the crowds that had been coming from as far away as Syria in the north and Judea in the South to hear him speak and maybe be healed?
In the dawning splendor of his glory, we have no alternative but hope” [The Epistle to the Romans, p. Having been chosen out of love, as friends (children) of Christ and of God there is the expectation that we will bear fruit.
After all, Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.
Without so much as a head’s up we hear that “when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teachings . Now that the audience has grown from a few dozen into the hundreds, we find Jesus closing out his sermon with a parable about two kinds of builders: wise ones and foolish ones.
When it comes to rain, you may have heard the song that claims that “it never rains in Southern California.” In case you’ve never been to California and think that it’s sunny all the time, I can attest to the fact that it does rain, and when it rains in Southern California, it pours.
If we can see ourselves in this position, then we can see ourselves being recipients of the love that is God.
The power of this love is defined in sacrificial terms.
In 2015 the Sixth Sunday of Easter falls on Mother’s Day.
Preachers must be aware of this reality, even if they do not choose to make much of it in their sermons and worship planning.