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If we can see ourselves in this position, then we can see ourselves being recipients of the love that is God.
The power of this love is defined in sacrificial terms.
And the fruit that we are commanded to produce is fruit that will last.
As it is written in a hymn of Jean Janzen, based on the writings of Julian of Norwich: We have been chosen by Jesus to be his friends and his continuing presence in the world. All we can do, as Karl Barth suggests is, “as the beloved of God we have no alternative but to love Him in return.
The Father is the vine-dresser, who prunes the branches to make sure they are productive (John 15:1-8).
Therefore, having been chosen out of love to be the friends of God (and thus members of the family), we should bear fruit.
By abiding in the love that is God and mediated to us through Christ, we are called upon to love and therefore share in the joy that comes from Jesus. Moses was chosen by God to redeem Israel from bondage.
There is a strong sense of mutuality present in this discourse, as Jesus says to the disciples—you’re no longer servants, you’re friends. It is one of equality, and according to John, Jesus is lifting his disciples (and us) to such a status. God chose David to form a kingdom despite his youth and lowly position. Along with the Table, at which we gather weekly, preaching serves a foundational role in our worship.