Day 17, Chapter 17
If Jesus is not God, then what He said in John 17 would be really bizarre. The disciples heard Jesus pray aloud to God the Father:
- referring to His authority over all flesh to give eternal life (v. 2)
- asking to be glorified “with the glory which I had before the world was” (v. 5)
- affirming that the Father was in Him and He was in the Father (v. 21)
The disciples heard this, and it didn’t cause them alarm. Coming from anyone else, it would have been suspect. But everything the disciples knew about Jesus aligned with statements like these; they had no evidence to the contrary. Jesus was, indeed, the Son of God. And that makes these strange prayers into something really beautiful. Here’s my favorite part of His prayer:
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (v. 3)
All along in reading John’s Gospel, Jesus has referred to our need to be born anew for eternal life. Here, He defines it. Eternal life doesn’t kick in when this earthly life is done. Time may be ticking toward the end of our lives but eternity is already happening—we are either living eternal life now or not. Knowing God—Father, Son, Spirit—is the root of eternal life. Because Jesus clears the sin that keeps us from knowing God, we now have an open invite to come to God and know Him. God makes us fully alive, bringing eternal life to our sin-dead spirits. He makes us new!
Today, I want to fix my heart upon eternal life—knowing the only true God.
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If you missed Days 1–17, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 18, Chapter 18. All are welcome!