‘Greater love has no man than this — that a man lays down his life for his friends…. When the Comforter has come, Whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth Who proceeds from the Father — He shall testify of Me!’ John 15:13-26.
Calvin comments: “Christ sometimes commends the greatness of His love to us, the better to establish assurance of our salvation…. He wants us to perceive by faith, the infinite sweetness of His goodness….
“He persuades us for this reason, to strive after love. This Paul writes in Ephesians 5:2: ‘Walk in love! As Christ also loved us, and gave Himself up for us!’… God could have redeemed us, (just) by a word or a wish. Save that another way seemed to Him best, for our sakes….
“By not sparing His Own and Only-begotten Son, He might testify in His Person how much He cares for our salvation…. Those hearts must be harder than iron or stone, which are not softened by the incomparable sweetness of the divine love!…
“Having expiated our sins through the sacrifice of His death, He abolished the enmity between God and us…. There is discord between us and God, until our sins are blotted out by the death of Christ….
“The cause of this grace…, was manifested in Christ…. (That was) the everlasting love of God, with which He loved even His enemies. In the same way, Christ laid down His life for strangers. Yet He already loved them — otherwise, He would not have died for them.”
After Christ died, He would go to Heaven. But He would not leave His earthly disciples alone, without Him. He would soon send them His Spirit — as the Comforter to guide them!
“‘When the Comforter has come’…, they will never give way…’when the Holy Spirit has been given…to establish…His testimony!’… We have received…the Spirit Who is from God, so that we might know the things which are given to us by God (First Corinthians 2:12)…. Whoever is endowed with this Spirit, is…far from…danger…. He will be victorious over the whole world….
“The Spirit…, believers know, has been given to them from Heaven…. The Spirit is said to testify of Christ, because He retains and settles our faith in Him alone…. He calls Him the Paraclete (or ‘the Advocate’) — so that, relying on His protection, we may never be alarmed…. He also calls Him ‘the Spirit of truth’….
“It is Christ Who sends the Spirit…from the heavenly glory…. The Spirit proceeds from the Son…. Christ…names the Father here, to raise our eyes to the contemplation of His divinity!”
For Christ, Who loves — lays down His life for His friends. Are you His friend?