December 07, 2020 – Monday
John 14:22-24 NIV
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do You intend to show Yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, Anyone who loves me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make our home with them.
24 Anyone who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me.
We begin today with an interesting question from Judas (not Judas Iscariot), but a question many readers will likely have is, “Who is this Judas not Judas Iscariot?” An answer provided by Tasker is, Judas is called ‘Judas of James’ in Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13; and on each occasion AV translates ‘the brother of James’, and RV and RSV, more naturally, ‘the son of James’. He seems to be identical with the Thaddaeus of Matthew 10:3 and Mark 3:18. Some of the apostles clearly had more than one name. Although, I am unclear on how Tasker ties the name Thaddaeus to that of Judas, son of James unless it was by a series of elimination.
Nonetheless, let us return to Judas’ question, But, Lord, why do You intend to show Yourself to us and not to the world?
It was a result of Jesus’ concluding statement (v21), Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them. Us in Judas’ question would refer to Jesus’ disciples who were with Him prior to His arrest, but Jesus’ words were not intended only for His disciples at that time but for all who would come to believe in Him and place their faith in Him. Jesus’ answer to Judas in the next five verses makes this exceedingly clear. Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (23-27) Notice the first word in this reply, Anyone.
Once again Jesus shows He and the Father are One. As a result, both the Son and the Father will live within believers along with the Holy Spirit or Advocate. Plus, as He said just a few verses earlier, in John 14:16, the Advocate or Helper will also reside within believers (us) forever. Notice the purpose of the Holy Spirit, to teach you (us) all things and will remind you (us) of everything I have said to you. Ever wonder what that annoying thought is when you are about to make a decision contrary to what Jesus has taught us? Could it be the Holy Spirit teaching us and/or telling us that is not what Jesus taught us? I believe that is the Holy Spirit in action in my life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Help me to listen and respond whenever it is teaching me or reminding me of what Jesus said and taught. – In Jesus name, amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor