In today’s lessons love and faith precede obedience and miracles. We don’t like that, but that’s the way of God. We would prefer to have to do something and then we get something; but that isn’t the way it is.
First, Jesus says, we love and have faith. Then, Jesus says, the Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us and teach us all that He said. Then the Father and the Son will take up in us. Then we will do greater things than Jesus. Then the world will know that we’re His disciples. Then we will see miracles. But that’s a mature faith. That’s a faith that hopes in unseen things, that the faith that hopes for all things.
And here’s the kicker: we’re the group that will help the world to see. We’re the body of believers that Jesus is using to help the world grow in faith. We’re the ones to whom He has entrusted Knowledge, Power and, most of all, Love. Incomplete? Of course. We’re always growing, always learning, always on the way. But it is His way. This is why He reveals Himself to the disciples, but not to the world.