Read through John 17. Jesus is really prepping his followers for his departure.
John brings in Jesus’ words which certainly clarify His role on earth and our ability to be saved through HIM.
Check out the first verse and see how Jesus gives us salvation and eternal life:
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. -- John 17:1-5
I looked up the word, “glorify” in my trusty dictionary. I love this definition:
Glorify: “to honor; extol; to give glory to, as in worship”
When I read on, I felt like Jesus was talking to God about me. I know He is referring to His disciples and followers, but read the rest of the chapter as if He is talking to God about YOU.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am,
and to see my glory, the glory you have given me
because you loved me before the creation of the world.
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you,
I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
I have made you known to them, 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: 24-26
The words of Jesus calm me and let me know -- Jesus is asking God to cover me when I am in the trenches of this world.
That’s a good thing to know.
God can only protect me if I am reflecting Him in the world.
Jesus is also saying HE will supply us with the love we need and also be IN us… when we invite Him.
I don’t know how people face the problems of this world without Jesus.
I’m so glad Jesus helps us -- He brings meaning to suffering and focus to confusion. He equips us for this crazy world with His LOVE!
I LOVE Him and pray you do, too!
Have a wonderful week!