Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 - John 17:1-12
To understand some of the context here, you should know that Jesus is about to be betrayed by Judas and handed over to be arrested, tried, and crucified. Jesus knows what is coming, but the disciples do not. With Jesus’ knowledge of what is to come, he turns to God the Father and prays. But he doesn’t pray to be released from the horrors that he is about to face. Instead, Jesus prays for his people.
Jesus is the best friend that we could ever have. A couple of chapters earlier, Jesus says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” He is about to do that. Jesus is about to prove that he has the greatest love that exists. But before that, he wants to make sure his loved ones are protected. Jesus goes above and beyond.
The best part about this story is that this love story is our love story. That love wasn’t just for the 12 people who followed him around from town to town, it is for us too. We are loved in ways that are unimaginable. Jesus sees our flaws. God knows the poor choices we have made. The Holy Spirit is with us when we take the wrong path. And through all of that, we are loved so much that Jesus laid down his life for us. Jesus gave his life, so we may have eternal life with him. There is nothing greater, nothing better. This is truly a love that we cannot understand.
Let us live our lives in light of that love. We need to see ourselves through the eyes of Jesus, and we need to see others through the eyes of Jesus. With that, our capability of love grows. Praise God for that!
Questions for reflection:
- What can we learn about being a friend by understanding Jesus?
- Do you see yourself like Jesus sees you? If not, start there. Remind yourself who made you.
- The next person you struggle to love, picture through the eyes of Jesus. See how that changes things.