The Hour Has Come
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
In the previous chapters, Jesus spent some good time talking to His disciples. By the next chapter, Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus and the Jews arrest Jesus. Right before that though, Jesus prays to the Father.
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.John 17:3
This is the simplest definition of eternal life and the most straightforward. Eternal life is simply knowing Jesus and knowing God.
In The World But Not Of The World
And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.John 17:11
Jesus plainly says that He will no longer be in the world, foreshadowing His death and resurrection and rise to heaven. However, His disciples will still be in the world, and Jesus prays for their wellbeing.
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.John 17:14-16
Because of what Jesus taught to the disciples, now the world hates the disciples because the disciples are not of the world. Even though they are in the world, they are not of the world.
Jesus doesn’t ask that they be taken out of the world―instead, Jesus asks that God keeps them from the evil one.
In our Christian walk, we must recognize that we are not of the world, even though we are in the world. Pray for God to keep us from the evil one.
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