“I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word.”
REMEMBER TO WHOM YOU BELONG
If you ever have moments, as most of us do, when you feel alone in the world, or unloved, this heart rending prayer of Jesus’ in John 17 is so powerfully ‘perspective changing’.
I’d encourage you to read it all, it’s only 26 verses long, yet in it we catch a glimpse of the heart of Jesus towards His disciples.
Here we see Jesus, soon to face crucifixion, His heart filled, not with terror at his imminent torture and death, but with the deepest love and concern for His disciples.
“You gave them to me”, He says to The Father.
And it wasn’t only the 12 who’d walked with Him when He lived on earth that were heavily on Jesus’ heart in those moments, but all disciples, then and now; John 17:20
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
Jesus looks at you and says, “You’re mine. My Father gave you to me”.
PART OF AN INCREDIBLE, UNBREAKABLE UNION
“I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one; as you are in me, Father and I am in you.”
“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”
The intimacy and familiarity with which Jesus speaks to The Father God is clearly evident throughout this prayer. From before the foundation of the world, Jesus, God the Father and Holy Spirit have shared a perfect, loving relationship.
The most incredible thing is that God made a way for you and I to be part of this perfect, loving union!
We have that same intimacy with God the Father. The same familiarity – we call Him ‘Abba’ – Daddy:
“Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
Next time you feel lonely or unloved, do your heart some good by reading John 17, slowly, taking in and savouring every word.
Whether we have known Jesus for 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, we all need to remind ourselves of these basic truths from time to time.
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