Saturday, October 20, 2012
Jesus' prayer in John 17 has some good stuff in it.
Jesus desire was that God would be glorified: "Father the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you." (John 17:1) This should also be our desire- that Jesus is glorified so that God is glorified. How does Jesus bring God glory? "I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do." (John 17:4) We can also bring God glory (John 17:10) by following the example of Jesus- by completing or accomplishing the work God gives each of us to do. What is this work? At least in the context of this passage it is this: "May they [those who believe in Christ through the message of the apostles] be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." (John 17:23)
"For you granted him [Jesus] authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you [God] have given him [Jesus]." (John 17:2) Jesus was given authority for this purpose- that God through Christ might give eternal life to all those "given to Christ." What is characterisitc about these people? They obey God's word (John 17:6) and accept Christ's words (John 17:8) and believed Jesus is the Son of God (John 17:8). What is eternal life?: "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (John 17:3) So then Jesus was given authority so that we ("those given") would know God the Father and Jesus the Son. The other reason (according to this passage) is so that both Christ would be in us, and also the love of God would be in us: "I [Christ] have made you [God] known to them [believers], and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them." (John 17:26) Notice that it's not just any love, but the love in us is the love God has for his own dear Son, Jesus Christ!