“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23)
What you love you hold on to, don’t you? What is of greatest value and worth, you do not let go.
There is one thing needful, dear Christian, and that is Jesus and all that He says to you.
He says you are His. He says you bear His Name in Holy Baptism. He says you have His Father’s ear, so call on Him in prayer. He says that there are men on earth who bear His Spirit on their breath, so if your sins should trouble you – go speak to them about it. Speak to the man God gives to tell you, “I forgive you all your sins.”
If all of this were not enough, Christ puts His Body and His Blood inside of you through Bread and Wine.
By these, He makes His home with you. By these, He comes to you. He’s promised not to leave you orphans.
Since God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit go together, when Jesus comes and makes His home in you, you get the Father and the Spirit, too – a full house!
They take up residence with you and in you through the Gifts that bear their Name. So, hold onto those Gifts. Guard them – like your life depends on them. It does!
Christ is speaking to His disciples in the reading for today. He is about to go the way of Calvary for them and die. Soon, they will feel as if their house is empty. As if they are alone. Soon, they will huddle in darkness, in secret, behind locked doors, out of fear.
So Jesus promises His resurrection, and even more. He promises His Ministry of Word and Spirit. He promises to come again and bring the whole gang with Him. It isn’t any wonder, then, that when you show up – for the things you hold so dear – He’s there, making His home with you, exactly where He promised. He’s there with angels, archangels and all the company of heaven; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – a guaranteed full house! Amen
Thee will I love, my strength, my tower; Thee will I love, my hope, my joy. Thee will I love with all my power, With ardor time shall ne’er destroy. Thee will I love, O Light divine, So long as life is mine. (LSB 694:1)