John 17

John 17 is Jesus prayer for His disciples as He ends His time on earth.  He reveals His heart and plan for us as Christ Followers.  Jesus came “so he might give real and eternal life to all in His charge”.  His mission was to bring us the opportunity for a relationship with the living God and to be able to address our sin problem through His shed blood so we can have eternal life.  And He goes on to define what that means: “And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, the one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent”.

Eternal life is about knowing God, the one and only, and Jesus.  It is about a relationship, not how we live or what we do.  It happens when we believe in Jesus Christ and His death, burial and resurrection.  It is trusting in the Savior who came to take away the sin of the world.  Jesus also reveals that His life was “on display for them”.  We can get a model of what life should look like by studying His.  The Bible gives us that view, and we need to study and understand what Jesus did and how He lived.

Jesus also makes it clear that He cares for us.  He asks God to “guard them as they pursue this life”.  He knows that we are under the attack of a very real enemy who doesn’t want us to succeed in walking with Him.  And as He prays for us to “be one heart and mind”, He lets us know that the challenges we face will be around relationships in many ways.  It is the people stuff that is often where the enemy strikes and wins.  He divides families, couples, friendships, business partners and every other kind of relationship.  And that is particularly evident in His body, the church.  But His desire is for us to be unified and of one mind and heart.

He also prays for our protection from persecution.  It is coming if it isn’t already here.  “The godless world hated them because of it, because they didn’t join the world’s ways….I’m not asking that you take them out of the world but that you guard them from the Evil One”.    We must prepare for the persecution of the world.  Walking with Christ causes others to feel uncomfortable.  It brings light on things they would rather have kept in the darkness.  Being a Christ Follower will carry a price and we need to be ready for that!

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