A Friend in High Places

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, May 24, 2011

“Father … I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word … They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.  I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours … I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name…” – John 17:5-11  

Jesus comforted his disciples with these words during His last night on this earth.  He then endured the agony of the cross, shared in mankind’s universal death, and became the first-born from the dead.  The Apostle Paul tells us that that God the Father raised Him and “seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:20).  Paul also tells us that “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms…” (Ephesians 2:6).

Jesus’ words continue to comfort his disciples across the ages.  Consider how devastated His disciples of that time were upon seeing the tragedy of the cross, where their hopes were seemingly destroyed. 

His words would have held only hollow hope, just ‘nice-sounding words,’ if there had been no resurrection.  Certainly Friday was the darkest of days, and the fact of His death must have destroyed any optimism and all expectations of this professed “Kingdom of Heaven.” 

But then Sunday came, and the empty tomb spoke into being the most incredible aspect of Christ and the Christian faith:  not just resurrection, but eternal life.  Jesus’ earlier words now brought comfort, the very comfort He promised, and which He knew would be so necessary to launch the ‘Kingdom’ through the continuing efforts of mere humans.

 We have the benefit of two millennia of Christian faith, thought, and practice to give us the advantage of a faith perspective tried and found sufficient in all circumstances of human life.  Far more importantly, we have the assurance of sitting with Christ now, favored with Him at the right hand side of the Father.

His prayer today is the same, “Father, protect them…”

 Prayer: Father, we still need those comforting words, “Fear not little flock.” We see men of renown falling down around us and we need your protection and your grace. In Jesus name, amen. 

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