LOVE AND OBEDIENCE

Two of Jesus’apostles were of the name Judas. One of them was the traitor, the other was the brother of James. He is the penman of the last of the Epistles called the epistle of Jude, after which you get the book of Revelation. So, there was a very good man and a very bad man called by the same name. And none influenced the other for being namesake. Judas the apostle was never the worse, nor Judas the apostate ever the better for answering same name.

It’s therefore Judas the brother of James that we intend to discuss about. He asked Jesus a very pertinent question, “Lord, how is it that you will not show your temporal kingdom in external pomp and power so that all the world would wonder after it?”. Sometimes, we create difficulties for ourselves by mistaking the nature of Christ’s kingdom as if it were of this world. Besides, why should Christ be familiar with those that will be strange to him? Why should he make those who made themselves the vessels of his wrath, the objects of his love.

Jesus wants us to realize that there is an inseparable connection between love and obedience. Love is the root, obedience is the fruit. Where a sincere love to Christ is in the heart, there will be obedience. If one loves Jesus, that love will be a commanding constraining principle in him, that no question, he will keep his words. Where there is true love for Christ, there is a value for his favour, a veneration for his authority and surrender to his direction and government. Therefore, where love is, duty follows. It’s easy and natural, and it flows from a principle of gratitude. And to such people, God will not make a short and running visit. Rather will dwell in him constantly with all pleasure.

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