Knowing Him Gives Us Eternal Life

Daily God Walk for Saturday, October 10, 2009

 Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now, this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. – John 17:3

 The scene of this prayer Jesus is rendering to the Father is a somber one. He has clearly revealed the coming events and now he goes to a private place to pray. He prays, “Father, the time has come.” Indeed, the time had come for Jesus, the Son of God, the one we call Christ, to be offered a sacrifice for our sin.

It was time for Jesus to fulfill his purpose for coming to earth. He came as a lamb to be offered; the only lamb that could accomplish the purpose of his coming. He came to be the eternal sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.

“Now, this is eternal life: that they may know you.” He knew the purposes of the Father and he knew what he must do. His hope was that through the sacrifice of his life others would come to know the Father also.

One of the greatest tragedies in the church is that we have made being a Christian as simple as reciting a magic formula or joining a church. Disregard the person of the Truth; disregard the work of the Holy Spirit; just go through the motions. The result is that the unconverted are leading people in ignorance of the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Those who do not know him will not be known of him. To know him is to be transformed into his image – if we are not being changed into his likeness then the chances are that we do not know him (2 Corinthians 3:8).

As I write this I am moved to think of the moment Jesus was praying men were coming to arrest him and place him cruelly upon a cross of crucifixion. Yet, knowing this he finally concedes, “Not my will but yours be done.” This indeed was probably the most somber moment of all time.

In this moment of trial his thoughts were on you and me – those who would believe upon the name of the Son of God.

 Principle: Those who do not know him will not be known of him.

 Affirmation: I seek to know him beyond words – with my heart.

 Prayer: Lord, My heart is filled with gratitude that the very Son of God would willingly lay down his life for me. Thank you Lord. Amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 119:113-120 –Ezekiel 17-18 –Hebrews 5 – Proverbs 10

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