- John 17
As a study during this Lenten season I have been reading John 17 daily – looking for new insights in this most earnest prayer of Jesus during his last day. Having been to Israel I can imagine His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane with much intensity. These are just some of the things I have learned:
It was His time – He had walked away from threats before but knew that this was the time ordained for Him to suffer and die for us. His greatest desire was to be obedient to His Father and to glorify His Father in that.
Jesus details the tasks that the Father gave Him –
I accomplished the work You gave Me to do
I manifested Your name to the people You gave Me
I gave them the words You gave Me
I am praying for them
I am no longer in the world
I am coming to You
I kept them in Your name
I guarded them
I made known to them Your name
I have given them Your word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world just as I am not of the world. The “word” was Jesus’ own teaching and His whole life – the revelation of Himself as the Word of God. “Not of the world” is a different nature, different goals, and different heart desires.
Being “not of this world” – what does this mean for us today? If we are believers, then we should embrace this and not be “in the world”. We must ask ourselves these questions:
What are the differences from the world in my nature?
What are the differences from the world in my heart’s desires?
What are the differences from the world in my fundamental life goals?
I pray daily for the obedience to God’s plan for my life and that my life will be lived in a way that is truly different from the world around me. If Jesus loved me enough to suffer and die for me in such an awful way then He will also give me strength to reflect that love to others. Halleluiah – Easter is coming!