Endure

Stay

Continue

Endure

Remain

Sojourn, tarry
To persevere

If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7

This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples. John 15:8

As my Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Remain in my love. John 15:9

 

The above were some of the last words of Jesus to his disciples before he was arrested. Perhaps uttered on the way to Gethsamane, this is arguably the most intimate conversation Jesus had with his followers. Earlier, he had washed their feet. Judas Iscariot had already left by now. Jesus had spoken of who He was and what He was about to do and had promised His Spirit to them. And in this somewhat pressured situation, I am left with the overwhelming sense of love that Jesus had for them; and for wanting them to know and to be prepared for what was to come, not just the physicality of the crucifixion but for the entirety of their lives to come.

And so we are to abide in Him (for Jesus is the living Word made flesh), and to do so is to abide in His love. The words carry a message of rest, and restoration (sojourn, tarry), but also undertones of steadfastness and perseverance (endure, continue) as well as permanence (remain, stay).

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