I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them (John 17:26). I have long ago made that my prayer, too . . .
Jesus said that He had declared the name of the Father to His disciples, that is, He showed them what the Father was like. He did this for one overriding purpose. Jesus wanted His disciples to love Him like His heavenly Father loved Him. He wants the love that His Father has for Him to be inside His disciples.
It is through the power of His Spirit in us that we can live our lives with a consuming passion for our Lord. The Father loves the Son more than anyone or anything else. He is devoted to the Son. His eyes never leave the Son. All that the Father does He does for the Son. Jesus prayed that we would be driven by that same single-eyed passion.
Martha sister Mary had this kind of passion for Jesus. She wasn’t an apostle or leader, but the Son of God had great prominence in her heart. When Jesus was around she couldn’t bear to think of food or any other necessities in life. All she wanted to do was sit at His feet and listen to Him (Luke 10:38).
Ooh, but not just that, Jesus loved being around Mary. When the time for His last Passover drew near and He knew that He only had six days before the cross, where do you think He chose to spend those six days? He went to Mary’s house (John 12:1). It is not at all difficult to see what drew Him to Mary’s house. While He was there, in the presence of all the disciples, Mary brought out a jar of costly perfume. This perfume probably represented her life savings or her wedding dowry. She broke it and poured it on Jesus. She wasted the most precious possession she had on the Lord Jesus. She did this out of her extravagant affection for Him. She was going to pour out her whole life on the Lord. There was no mediocrity in her feelings for the Him. She was a woman consumed by a holy passion for the Son of God.
How about you? Some believers celebrate the Church tradition of Lent where they “give up” Pepsi or going to movies for 40 days. How silly. I’m not interested in what you are willing to sacrifice to follow Jesus, the question is what “things” have fallen away since you came to Jesus . . . and what things are standing in the way of not just following Him, but being consumed with a passionate obsession?
Come to think of it, a son can obey his father for reward or for fear of punishment, and actually neither like nor love his father much at all. A husband can be a faithful and kind provider to his wife without having much love or passion for his wife. What wife would settle for a relationship like that? Why do we think God would be willing to settle for simply raising your hand one Sunday morning as you accept His salvation if it isn’t accompanied by a consuming passion for His Son? After all, isn’t the greatest commandment to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength?
However, that passion is a sword that cuts both ways. Jesus also had great affection for Mary. When Mary… Read More’s brother Lazarus died, Jesus came to their home four days later. Martha was the first to greet the Lord Jesus. She said to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus responded to Martha by giving one of the greatest theological teachings in all the Word of God: “I am the resurrection and the life.”
But, when Mary met the Lord Jesus just a few moments later; she said exactly the same words that Martha said, “Lord if you had been here my brother would not have died.” (John 11:17-38) However; when Mary said these words, Jesus wept and then He walked to the tomb and raised Mary’s brother from the dead.
Write this down: A person like Martha could get a great theological teaching out of Jesus. A person like Mary could break His heart and move Him to raise someone from the dead. People who have Mary’s passion for the Lord Jesus can move Him in a way that others can’t. Which do you want to be?
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