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“Eternal Life comes by knowing you, the only true God, and the one you have sent, Jesus Christ” (John 17:3 Eyewitness).
Eyewitness: p. 232
In Your Bible: John 17:1-5
The Gospel of John Chapter 17, is part of what one Bible commentator* calls the “Holy of Holies of Scripture.” Because this chapter is so rich, I’d like us to ponder it carefully for at least three blogs. After you read each blog, read all of John 17 in one sitting.
Imagine – an entire chapter made up of Jesus’ prayer to the Father. He prayed for himself, his followers, and all believers today for instruction and encouragement. None of His prayers are documented as well as this one.** Enjoy.
Jesus Begins His Prayer
After teaching the disciples, Jesus turned, lifted up his eyes, and prayed to the Father. Jesus knew his time on earth had come to an end. Jesus talked to God about his time on earth; teaching, working miracles, showing God’s love to the people. Those who the Father gave to Jesus, believed. We’ll see later, this includes everyone who receives the message of Jesus today. Glory!
Jesus defined eternal life. He said, “And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (how to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him Jesus [as the] Christ (the anointed One, the Messiah) Whom You have sent,” (John 17:3 Amplified Bible). Continuing in prayer, Jesus said,“I have glorified you on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, restore to me the glory I had with you before the world existed” (John 17:4 Eyewitness).
Application: These two key verses (17:3,4) are keystones understanding Jesus intimate communication with God. Take time to ponder the Amplified version. It adds wonderful descriptive words. Words we need to hear.
Prayer: Father, thank you for eternal life. We do want to know you more and grow each day. Help us conform to the image we see in Jesus, your Son.
Question: How does Jesus’ statement clarify eternal life for you? Had you heard it in this context before? After reading all of John 17, do you see how knowing God and making Him known applies today?
* What the Bible is all About, Henrietta C. Mears, Regal Books a Division of G/L Publications, Glendale, California, U.S.A.,1974, p. 417.
** Matthew Henry’s Commentary in One Volume, Matthew Henry, Regency Reference Library, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1960, p.1603.