Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Jesus Prays

November 11: John 14-17

“Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
John 17:1b-26

Jesus Prays

Jesus' final discourse with his disciples was finished; He has just expanded on the lesson He had begun by washing their feet. Yet, in many ways, the disciples had very little understanding of what Christ was saying. As Jesus prays to God the Father, John has recorded the words He spoke which were not only for the disciples in that room, but also to all believers of all ages.

The whole "secret" of our life in Christ is revealed in these words!

The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Christ ends the prayer with these words, I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Right there we find our true purpose in this life! Just as Christ made Himself known to us in the name of God, so must we, because of our deep love for God, make Christ known to others. Christ has blessed our country greatly, but that does not give us a reason to be distracted by "things" which hamper the ministry of Christ.

No matter who you are, and no matter where in this world you live, your purpose is the same! God has not given each of us the same gifts; rather, we must each use the gifts that are unique to us to honor and glorify our great God in Heaven.

The amazing thing to remember, too, is that no one is greater than another; God uses all of His children, often the weak things of this world, to confound the wise. As you go about your duties of this day, think of the words that Jesus prays in this passage, and ask God to help you fulfill your purpose for being here.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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