“I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going."
I have always loved reading this part because in it you see the heart of Jesus and His love for the Father. He loves us but that is not why He went to the cross. He went to the cross because of His love for the Father. All throughout the gospel of John we see the love if Jesus to the Father and we see that when our heart is full of love we can forget our own desires and step up and be strong because of that love. In chapter 14 verse 15 Jesus says, “If you love me, obey my commandments." This is not just because, it's what Jesus always did. He obeyed the Father because He loved Him. In John chapter 5 verses 19-23 we see this from Jesus' own mouth. "So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing. In fact, the Father will show Him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. For just as the Father gives life to those He raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone He wants. In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, He has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him."
We have the strength to grow and surrender because the Spirit of God lives in us and He will give us the power to say no to our flesh and yes to Jesus. When God told Paul "my grace is enough" it wasn't that He didn't love Him it was that He understood that in his weakness he would turn to the Lord and when he did the strength would be there, because the Holy Spirit is in him. Jesus shares this with John in chapter 14 verse 17 and it is so true "He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you." He lives in us now and when we feed Him and listen to Him we have the truth, when we love Him we live the truth. We need to let our love show by how we have let God transform us into His image and live doing only what we are shown by His example. Amen