Jesus’ prayer in John 17.1-26 is one of the richest passages in the New Testament, I believe. It and Matthew 10.1-42 give the clear intentions of God for believers – ministry impact upon and resistance from the world. They show the manifested love of God for mankind illustrated by overcoming satan’s deceptions and troubles (John 16.33). In a sense, believers are to demonstrate the actual victory of God over the abusive presence of satan in unbelievers; thus, God versus satan. We know Who wins (Isaiah 14.12-15; Revelation 19.20-21, Revelation 20.10)!
How is God’s intention taught from person to person and generation to generation? We received it from others perfectly or imperfectly illustrated. How do we pass it along, improving upon its perfection we received?
Jesus passed along God’s intention perfectly.
- In John 17.4, Jesus declares the completion of His task to the glory of God. He was not speaking of the Cross, for He speaks past-tense verbs ‘have finished’ and ‘have glorified’.
- So, what was His completed work to date? John 14.9 reveals one; John 16.29-31 another (John 17.8); John 14.26 another (Acts 1.8); 1 John 3.8b
- another (Colossians 2.15); Luke 10.19 another (Matthew 10.7-8);
- and Matthew 28.18-20 another.
What other work did Jesus complete before going to the Cross?
- Remember that He did this in the context of John 15.18-19. What did Jesus want his followers to understand? This context has not changed at all, because the enemy has not yet been bound. But, also remember 2 Corinthians 2.14 and Revelation 12.11!
We are to reveal God, too!
- This has always been God’s intention.
- He illustrated this first with Abraham in Genesis 18.19.
- Listen to what Moses writes in Deuteronomy 11.2-7.
- This was the purpose of John the Baptist, as Luke 1.17 reveals.
- Paul repeats the theme in 1 Thessalonians 2.10-12.
- Lastly, Jesus made this clear in His answer to the lawyer’s question in Matthew 22.35-38; it is the first of instructions! The underlying reason for this is Genesis 17.7.
- Jesus made revealing God our responsibility in John 17.18. John 20.21 also states this.
- Despite the context! Expect resistance and trust Jesus’ words in Matthew 10.19-20.
- Take to heart the encouragement of 1 Peter 3.15-16 and 2 Timothy 4.1-5.
- We must do our part in Isaiah 55.5!
It’s all in Jesus’ name!
- John 17.6 is a good summary of Jesus’ ministry. He revealed God to men!
- This was expected because of Deuteronomy 18.18-19 and John 3.16-18.
- God, even, gave Jesus God’s name; see John 17.11-12. He left it for our use!
- That is why Peter proclaimed the truth of Acts 4.12, after the events leading
Our individual task is found in John 17.26.
- Personalize what Jesus says in this verse.
- How well HAVE you declared the name Jesus?
- How well WILL you declare ‘Jesus’ starting today?
- When you say ‘Jesus’, He comes on the scene to reveal the love of God
to all in need (Mark 16.20). But, you must say ‘Jesus’ in the circumstance!
You ARE important! ‘Let others [experience] Jesus in you’ (hymn).