From John 17 – Jesus prays
for the disciples (and us)
I brought glory to you here
on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. I am glorified in those you have given to me. They do not belong to the world, just as I do
not belong to the world. Just as you
sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. I am praying not only for these disciples but
also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
Why would I be writing about
Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane at Christmas time?
Just before Jesus leaves
this world, He talks about why He
came and we are, of course, celebrating His coming. Why did Jesus take on human form? God loved us so much and saw that we were
making a mess of things. He sent Jesus
to rescue us, to show us who God is and to embody His love. Jesus came on a mission and brought glory to God
by fulfilling His purpose – even in death.
But notice this prayer
in Gethsemane. Jesus prays for his
disciples and all who will believe in the
future. He sends us into the world
in the same way God sent Jesus. We do
not belong here. We belong with God and
are here for a short time with the purpose of showing others who God is, displaying
His love and bringing God glory.
In your brief blip in
God’s epic story, how can you best bring Him glory? Does your life reveal God to others?