John 17:1-26New King James Version (NKJV)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. that they may be one as We are. I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[e] believe in Me through their word; 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
My Comments: In the beginning God created. Who was God? He was and is Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Three in One the I Am, Savior, Comforter, Creator. He has always been, is and always will be the One True God above all other gods. Why is this important to know?
Because to understand our need for salvation and where it comes from and why we need to understand who made it possible and why it is needed. God created everything and our forefather Adam who He took Eve from. He told them not to eat one fruit and they could have the rest. They listened to Satan the serpent and sinned and sin entered the world. Because of sin animals had to be sacrificed until Jesus, God the Son came to earth and was born in human flesh from a Virgin. He went through the same trials and temptations we did even though He was God because He was fully God and fully man. Yet He came so we might have life abundantly and forever with Him. How was that possible?
He chose to be the ultimate and perfect sacrifice for our sin. For the sin of the whole world past, present and future He allowed Himself to be tortured, mocked, spit upon and nailed to the Cross. His is the perfect love that sacrificed all that we could be bought by His blood and be Children of God if we accept the Sacrifice of Jesus for our sin and repent and follow Him. This is complete surrender. What happens when we surrender?
Well, of course the best thing is we are accepted into the Family of God so we know where our home will one day be. We become aliens here doing all in the name of Jesus we can to let others know of this wonderful gift of Jesus so others may find salvation in Him as well. And there is more for us here as well.
We find rest for our weary souls. We no longer are buffeted by the winds that tend to assault us in life. Not to say we will not experience pain, suffering, loss, hunger or other things yet even in them we will have peace because we know the one who bought us with the price of His own blood will take care of our needs and we give Him permission to use our lives for the glory of God the Father. The Holy Spirit that came into us when we accepted the free gift of Salvation teaches us through the things we go through and strengthens us in these times.
Remember Paul went through many ordeals after he became a follower of Jesus. He was tortured, shipwrecked many times, imprisoned, and had a “Thorn” in his side (we do not know the infirmity yet he was told it would remain) so how can we expect life to be better than Christ Jesus or the Apostles? We can only know that our lives will be with Jesus one day what our time here is over.
There is the joy and peace that sustains us through all the temptations and trials. We know we are Children of God and we live our life to show His glory. We want nothing that is not of Him. We do not want to do what He would not do. True surrender is being united with Jesus in the likeness of His death and resurrection until absolutely nothing that is not of Him will appeal to us. We surrender our will and our love to Him. We love as He loves because He first loved us.
Abba Father, thank You for creating us and for sending Your Son to take the punishment for our sin. Thank You for loving us and making it so we can be part of Your family and know the joy of Salvation and the peace of Redemption. Thank You for keeping Jesus’ disciples/us united to You through Him and filling us with Your Holy Spirit that we may come to know always where our steps should go and what our hands should be doing and helping us keep our thoughts always with You and on Him. Thank You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for keeping us as the apple of your eye. In Jesus precious and Holy name in union with the Holy Spirit, I pray. Amen.