May 11, 2018
John 17:6-8…“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
As John tells his Jesus story, he wants his readers to know that Jesus has come from God and that his words are God’s words. In fact, the abiding principle of the entire gospel is that Jesus is the Word of God. In this section, Jesus offers a prayer on behalf of his disciples and thanks God that they have received and believed the words that he passed on to them. This is really the first step in the ongoing mission. First came Jesus, and now the disciples will also be sent. They know all they need to know–Jesus has passed on God’s words to them and, most importantly, they have believed them. The future of the mission will be secure in their hands. This good news that Jesus is the Word of God is crucial to the passing on of the mission in our time, too. The message is clear. In Jesus, the word has become flesh. If we want to know God, the path leads through Jesus. Apart from Jesus, God remains virtually unknown–all we can know comes through observation of the creation. It’s through Jesus that we glimpse the heart of God and can begin to know God’s loving purpose for us. In that sense, the mission of Jesus was an incredible success. Because of him we have abundant life now and forever–and that’s really all we ever need to know!
Thought for the Day: What do we learn about God from Jesus?