The Love of Jesus; January 12, 2023

John 17:24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

It struck me just now that it would be good for me to read this chapter, Jesus’ High Priestly prayer, every day and meditate on it. Every detail of it is incredibly powerful, not to mention meaningful. It strikes me right now that this verse comes after Jesus explicitly expands His prayer from those present with Him at that time to all who would believe in Him because of their message, in other words, to us today. (verse 20) That Jesus wants me to be with Him blows my mind, as I think it should. I am not worthy of approaching Him, much less basking in His glory as He mentions here. John much later got a taste of that on Patmos, and as close as he had been to Him as His youngest disciple, it just about did him in! (Revelation 1:17) We are to live in gratitude that Christ feels that way about us, as He does about every one of His children. This fits in perfectly with yesterday’s reading, because our Lord isn’t just alive, He loves us and wants us to be with Him. If that awareness doesn’t generate joy and peace within us, we’ve got a lot of growing to do!

Of course, even though I’m a pastor, if I just preach this to others and fail to appropriate it for myself, I gain nothing. I am never to think that any title, or for that matter any ancestry, makes me more special to God than any other of His children, but rather rejoice that He is big enough and powerful enough to care individually about every one of His children. Only an infinite God could do that, but Jesus drove the point home by telling us that God even keeps track of how many hairs we have on our heads. (Matthew 10:30) As He has told me personally, I am to rest, relax, and rejoice in His perfect love for me, being anxious about nothing at all but rather looking forward to the glory that awaits me.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Help me remember to meditate on this chapter indeed, letting it percolate through my mind, soul, and spirit. Your gracious love is indeed amazing. Help me grasp it more and more, responding to it and allowing it to transform me as You desire and intend, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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