Jesus wants His disciples to understand the source of joy; purpose of joy;
At first glance you might think that the goal is joy. Certainly, Jesus wants us to have joy.
Jesus wants our joy to be full. The only way our joy is full is if Jesus’ joy is in us.
But joy is not the goal. Joy is the by-product of the goal.
When Jesus’ joy is in us we will experience a full joy.
Our joy is a natural result of having His joy in us.
Just as empowering water of the vine flows into the branches, so Jesus’s joy is in the water that is to flow into His branches.
Well, if we don’t get joy by seeking joy, how do we have joy?
By staying connected to the power source, the source of joy: the vine.
What does it mean to abide (remain) in Christ?
Abiding means that we live in a love relationship with Jesus that is real and personal. John 15:9
Since it is our responsibility, how then do we abide?
By keeping Christ’s commandments. John 15:10
One primary command is given to His followers: To love one another. John 15:12
The Flow of Love (Father love Jesus; Jesus love You; You love One Another)
The purpose is not just that we abide in Christ and His love.
But neither is the goal, just that we abide in Christ and His love.
Nor is the emphasis on simply living in keeping Christ’s commandments.
8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit so prove to be my disciples.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…
Jesus wants them to understand the permanence of joy. John 16:16-22
Jesus wants them to understand the potential of prayer.
John 16:22-24, 26-28 (ESV)