Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.” vs. 8

John 17:6-10

The gospel of John does a masterful job of connecting the Creator of the Universe directly to Jesus of Nazareth. In his familiar prologue, the gospel writer makes the claim that the Word through whom all things came into being is the source of all life and light. Moreover, he says clearly, this Word later became flesh and dwelt among humans as Jesus, the one he later calls Jesus Christ. In today’s passage, part of what is known as Jesus’ high priestly prayer, it is implied that this basic truth was a central part of the faith that was closely held by Jesus’ disciples. Among some there is a reluctance to believe that Jesus is the unique source of divine inspiration. They feel that there have been others, perhaps even many others, in whom and through whom God has chosen to speak. Most of us do acknowledge that there have been wonderful spiritual leaders in the other great faith traditions. In fact, sometimes we will gladly make use of their sayings and writings in developing our own spirituality. But at the same time we yearn to believe that there’s something special about Jesus, that through him we can know the truth about God and the way of salvation. There’s no doubt that’s how John felt, and there is a blessing in feeling the same way!

Thought for the Day: What is the uniqueness of Jesus?


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