Bible Reading – John 15

Anticipating his departure from the world to the Father Jesus prepares his disciples to continue his ministry. The continuation of this ministry depends on the disciples remaining in “the true vine” (15:1, 5). Remaining in the vine is to remain in Jesus’ love. Remaining in his love requires obedience to his commandments.

Chapter 14 challenged the disciples to believe and love Jesus. Now they are to love one another (15:12, 17; cf. 13:34-35). Their sacrificial love will protect them from the hatred and persecution of the world, because people will hate them just as they hate the Father and the Son.

According to this chapter, continuing the ministry of Jesus provokes at least two responses from people. Some will love you and some will hate you. Even so, we must continue our testimony about Jesus by teaching and practicing the Truth.