After spending some time with his disciples, some three years, Jesus said this to his disciples, John 15:14 “You are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” Now, Jesus was not asking his disciples to blindly follow him, however, being that they were together for such a long-time suffering so many things together, Jesus was making the point if they truly know him, and trust him, they will do whatever he asked of them.  

But let us think about this for a moment because by this time in their lives and relationship with Jesus, they have seen the things he was capable of. The dead was raised to life in their presence, both a young child, Lazarous, Jesus’ friend, and they also saw both the lame and blind healed by a simply touch or the spoken word of Jesus. So, what could prevented them from following Jesus and doing whatever he asked of them, and again why did Jesus say these things to his disciples…

Could it be that he knew although they were following him, Jesus knew they were not willing to trust in him? The question then comes down to whether they had accepted Jesus as their leader and Lord, and did they really knew who Jesus is? Jesus then adds to his statement concerning their friendship, John 15:15 “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” 

Jesus is making the statement, he is considering his disciples as his friends, and because they are his friends, he will share the secret things of his father with them. He said, “all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” Jesus is not hiding anything from us and will in the future reveal all that is in the father’s heart to us. So, in turn, Jesus is saying if we are his friend, we will do whatsoever he commands, and not because we are forced to do so, or is a part of some religious movement, but because we know who Jesus is and is about, and have made the commitment in our hearts to do what he ask even in the face of death. 

Now, if we have made Jesus our master, Lord, and King here is what Jesus has set before us and is asking if we will follow him as Lord and King. John 15:16 “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” And here is the deal and our commitment.  

Jesus said, you have not chosen me, it means we are not the one leading, Jesus is, he is not working for us, we are for him, and with him. And because he is the head of us all, the leader, and king “but I have chosen you.” said Jesus, He has ordained us to go and bring froth fruit, and we are to work hard at maintaining that fruit, we are not called to laziness.  

And here is something we are to know regarding being sent, Jesus is not sending us out helpless, instead, he is providing all we need to get the job done because he has confirmed if we are to follow him, and if we are willing to do whatever he asked of us, he said, “whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” Whatever we ask of the Father in the authority of Jesus and according to the office and our ordination, he will give us whatever he knows we need to accomplish the task set before us. 

So, are you a committed friend of Jesus willing to do whatever he ask of us, and are we willing to lay down our lives for him, and do we see Jesus as our Lord, and King? If this is the case, then let us bring froth fruit, let us commit to his work knowing we are not left alone and helpless, but if we ask, he will provide what we need to get the job done. 

Now, with that said, how can we, and will we get the job done. Here is what Jesus said concerning how we will get the job done. John 15:17-18 These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.” We can get the job done through and by loving one another knowing we can in no way be a friend of the world because we will be hated by the world. And if we are united on this front, we will not betray one another, but will hold each other in good estate. John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

You are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” Said Jesus, and if we truly are a frined of Jesus, we will learn to trust him with our lives because as it stands, Jesus has demonstraited his friendship toward us by laying down his life for us. Let us together work in love and through love trusting in the authority of Jesus Christ…