(Part Two of a Series)
“I have revealed you to those you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you entrusted them to me” (John 17:6 Eyewitness).
Eyewitness: p. 232
In your Bible: John 17:6-10
Jesus delineates several aspects of what his task was here on earth including intimately showing the Father to believers.
The Work of Jesus
Jesus prayed: I have manifested Your Name [I have revealed Your very Self, Your real Self] to the people whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have obeyed and kept Your word (John 17:6 Amplified Bible).
Bible commentators* say he revealed – the character and nature of God. Jesus brought God near to man. He encouraged the humblest of believers to take the name of God on their lips, to know what God is like and to be on intimate terms and friendship with him. Jesus said – we can address God as Father.
Jesus knew all but one of the disciples obeyed and kept God’s word. A strong affirmation, since we read a great deal about their talk and actions but not much about their obedience to the Father.
Then Jesus said, “They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that everything you gave me is firsthand from you. For the message you gave me, I gave them, and they took it, and were convinced That I came from you. They believed that you sent me” (John 17:7,8 THE MESSAGE).
He declared that all, yes all those who are his (believe in him) are God’s and all who are God’s bring Jesus glory.
Application: Jesus brought believers into intimate fellowship with the Father. As you read the Bible, jot down the words that describe God. This will help you understand the character and nature of God.
Prayer: Father, help us take in your character and nature – which Christ Jesus revealed to us. We too have received your message.
Question: Have you considered the character and nature of God? Jesus knew the disciples were convinced Jesus was of God, where else in the Gospel of John do you see it?
* The Daily Study Bible, The Gospel of John, Volume 2, William Barclay, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1956, pp. 245-249.