Obedience to Christ
Passage: 1 John 2:3–2:11
Obedience to Christ
April 9, 2017
Pastor David Lovi
1 John 2: 3-11
Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me you will obey what I command.”
That is the cost of discipleship. Today is Palm Sunday. The day that commemorates
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem about a week before his death.
In Luke 19, we learn what happened: READ Luke 19
Jesus wept over Jerusalem because though they praised God with their lips, their hearts were far from Him. Though they claimed to know God and have a relationship with Him . . . here was the Son of God in the flesh . . . they did not recognize Him. They did not obey Him. They did not follow Him. They had every evidence in the world.
When people say if God would only show me some sign, I would believe. That is not true.
These people saw many signs.
In John 11, Jesus goes to the grave of his friend Lazarus who has been in the grave for four days. He says remove the stone. They say, "But he’s been in there four days; he’s going to smell."
They removed the stone anyway.
Jesus says, “Lazarus, come out.”
Lazarus, the dead man, comes out wrapped like he’s a mummy.
Jesus says, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
The very next thing the Pharisees try to do is . . . the very men who just saw the rising of Lazarus, who were there with them . . . kill Jesus. Well, first we need to rekill Lazarus then we need to get rid of Jesus.
You just saw Jesus raise a man from the dead and you want to destroy Him? You refuse to believe?
That was the key. They refused to believe.
Evidence had no place in their faith . . . or lack of faith. It was a willingness not to believe.
Jesus weeps over Jerusalem. In another place, he says, “How I long to gather you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you were not willing.”
They praised God with their lips but their hearts were far from Him and though the religious leaders displayed some conformity to the letter of the law, they did not care one whit about the spirit of the law and about the one who gave the law. That kind of outward conformity, God does not honor.
He wants your heart.
He wants your heart to be set toward Him. If your heart is set toward Him, then you will obey Him. You won’t obey Him out of some kind of duty. You’ll obey Him and say, “Yes, Lord. You’re my Savior. You’re my Lord. I want to follow you. I want to serve you. I don’t want to live for myself anymore.”
I want to know you and the power of your resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in your sufferings, becoming like you in your death, so somehow to attain to the resurrection of the dead.
That’s what Paul wanted. At one time he wanted to kill Jesus. And then he met Jesus personally. And now he wants to follow Him.
I want to know YOU! No matter what it costs me, I want to follow Christ.
It’s the most important thing to Paul. It’s the most important thing to me.
Is it the most important thing to you?
It doesn’t mean we’re always going to be perfect in that desire or fall back into the ways of our flesh.
We’re going to see that today in our passage. Walking with Christ doesn’t necessarily mean we walk perfectly with Christ. As a matter of fact, while we’re in this flesh, John has been saying, ever since the first chapter of 1 John, if we say we don’t have sin, we are lying. It’s just a part of this world, a part of this flesh.
But are you walking with Him? Do you love Him? Is your heart set toward Him?
That’s the question.
May the Lord speak to us through our passage today.