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28.05.11 JESUS AND THE WORLD

Posted under Reflections on May 26th, 2011 by

"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, 'No slave is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. (Jn 15:18-21)

 

 

Love and hate are seen in where you belong to. If you belong to the world then the world will love you. Jesus does not say that it is wrong but he says that the world will hate Jesus. He is definite about that. And all those who love Jesus and belong to Jesus will be hated by the world. By this we come to know that Jesus does not belong to this world.

 

The followers of Jesus will also receive the same treatment. They will be hated by the world because the disciples belong to Jesus and love Jesus and follow Jesus. The disciples will be persecuted by the world. Whatever treatment they receive is according to or on account of the name of Jesus.

 

The two opposite poles are the world and Jesus. Jesus is from the father; he is from above and he belongs to the father and he loves the father and in return he is loved by the father. The disciples of Jesus should also belong to Jesus and they are loved by Jesus and they in turn will love Jesus. There is no compromise between Jesus and the world.

27.05.11 JESUS THE BEST FRIEND

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 This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another. (Jn 15:12-17)

 

 

Quality and the quantity of love is measured only by the way one is ready to lay down one’s life for his friend. Jesus proposes only this as the criterion for the love. Love is expressed in many ways by many people and in many relationships. There is only one way and the right way of expressing it and that is by laying down one’s life. This should also be done as friends.

 

The distinction between slaves and friends are interesting. Slaves may do many things and may even sacrifice their lives for their masters but that is of no avail. The relationship between friends are the best because there total and complete revelation between them. So the criterion for judging a relationship is the measure in which one is ready to reveal oneself to the other.

 

And the best revelation is the revelation of God. Jesus has revealed everything that he has heard from the father and all what he knows of the father. There is total and complete revelation of God in Jesus. In this sense he is the best friend for all and for all times. He has not revealed anything else but God. He is also the perfect revealer of God. 


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