Are you a planner? Is there a future event that you look forward to? Many of us make plans. We look forward to that day when our long thought out dreams become reality. It is no surprise that people enjoy planning, we are made in the image of God, Who is a planner Himself.
In John, we read a piece of history that is about to unfold the greatest plan ever imagined. Jesus’ perfect earthly life is coming to an end. He has taught His Apostles well. He has given the promise of His coming Holy Spirit and encouraged His disciples with the words “Take heart, I have overcome the world.”
The moment has arrived, the hour has come and the time is now. God is about to accomplish His long awaited plan.
Jesus …lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.” John 17:1-2
Imagine! Jesus knowing He will soon endure the cross and go back to the Father, prays for His followers. Not only does He pray for the Apostles, but for you and me as well.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word” (John 17:20).
Somewhere ions ago, before time and space, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit determined a plan for the cross. His incredible love is shown to us by giving Himself for all the people who would believe in Him. What a wondrous plan!
In John 17, Jesus is talking to His Father. He is praying for His Apostles and for us who will believe because of their words.
What is it that Jesus asks the Father for? He prays for our eternal life! What is eternal life? Jesus’ prayer tells us.
“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
Below are a few other verses concerning eternal life.
“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11).
“Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).