June 2, 2019
For full passage click: John 17:24-26 …“Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” vs. 24
Jesus is conscious that the love that sustains him has been present from before the foundations of the world. As John puts it in other places, Christ is the Alpha, and through the Christ all things came into existence. In fact, nothing comes into existence apart from the Christ and the Christ is contained in all that exists—and that includes each one of us. That primordial Christ was made manifest in Jesus, and in him we glimpsed the glory of God, a glory that persists even in us. As Jesus prepared to leave his disciples, he wanted that same sustaining eternal love to be present in them as well, and he prays that every one of his disciples, to the close of the age, would know that they are loved and that God is the source of love in the universe. There is nothing in this world, no distracting power or temptation, that can separate us from that love of God. As Paul puts it in Romans 8, not even death, our greatest enemy can separate us from the love of God. Christ, who is the Alpha, is also the Omega point of existence, and one day all things, including us, will find our completion in that all-embracing love! Who could want for anything more?
Thought for the Day: What is my comfort in the face of death?