- “Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your name, the name You gave Me. John 17:11
- Jesus said unto the Father, “I have brought you glory here on earth by finishing the work you gave.”
- “Father, Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You.” John 17:1
- Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33
- Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you , my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” John 16: 24
We continue our study of the Gospel of John, picking up at John 17: 6. The Apostle has written the words of Jesus as Jesus prays out loud to Abba Father for the world to hear, and see. Jesus says:
” 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. Now they know that everything You have given Me comes from You. For I gave them the words You gave Me, and they accepted them. 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. All I have is Yours, and all You have is mine. And glory has come to Me through them. 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, the name You gave Me, so that they may be One, as We are One.”John 17: 6-11
Jesus prayed that the Father would protect those He had given unto Him by the power of the name, JESUS. That name has POWER!. It means: “The Lord saves!” That is why when we pray, we pray in the name of Jesus. We are committing what we pray to the name that is above every name because without question, our Father has placed power that comes from Him into that name. The Word says: “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2: 9-11. The Son of God is lifted up, Abba Father is lifted up, The Holy Spirit is lifted up each time His name is attached to a prayer. The name that is above every name.
Before God the Son was born of the Virgin Mary, Father God sent an angel to Joseph to let Him know this baby in the womb of Mary was conceived in her from His Holy Spirit. The angel told Joseph, who was having a hard time accepting Mary’s account of her pregnancy, to not be afraid to take Mary home as his wife. The messenger said, “She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins…The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’ ” Matthew 1: 21-22
Here in John, Jesus said He was not praying for the world, but rather specifically for the ones Father had given to Him. He asked for protection for them in His name. The name given unto Him for this work. So it is today for those of us who come to God in the name of Jesus. He prays to the Father for us. He prays for our protection and provision. He is our intercessor. The Word says, “Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25 In His name we are saved. In His name we are protected. In His name we are One with God, and with each other. Blessed be the Name that is above ALL names, JESUS Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Let us live and walk in the power that is in it. He is Love.
Jesus said unto the Father, “I have brought you glory here on earth by finishing the work you gave.”
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. The Apostle writes of the prayer Jesus was praying to Abba Father just before He, and His Disciples left the Passover Celebration. Jesus said to the Father:
“I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work You gave Me to do. And now Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.” John 17: 4-5
Before Jesus came to earth, He was One with the Father. The Word says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. That light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1: 1-5
In the Heavens, Jesus had sat on the throne at the right hand of the Father, whom Jesus said is “the only true God” (John 17:3). Father, He had made Jesus One with Him. Father had given Jesus glory by creating everything that was made through Him. Everything! That of course includes the creation of mankind. Father said, “Let ‘us’ make mankind in ‘our’ image, in our likeness so that they may rule…” Genesis 1:26 But when Jesus stepped off the throne to become ‘Son of God, Son of Man’, He gave up His position on the throne to become fully man, as well as fully God. He had to take a position of the flesh in order to become the Messiah for mankind. He became perfect man In order to shed His sinless, blameless blood for our sins, and redemption on a cross for all to see. The time was about to come when Jesus would be brought back to the throne – brought back in glory as One with God. But now He would also be Body, Soul, and Spirit in order to be our Intercessor, our Friend, and our King of kings on a throne of Grace.
Jesus was telling the Disciples, and is telling us as we read the Word today, He was sent with a Mission. He had been given a job to do, as each of us have. He said, “I am finishing the work you gave Me to do.” He knew He would bring glory to God as He did. Let it be so for us as we do the work given, using the gifts given to each. May each day, we bring glory to God as we do the work we are given to do – that work is simply to “Love one another.”
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. Jesus had celebrated, and taken the ‘Pass Over” meal with His Disciples. He had shown them humility, and true Leadership as He had washed their feet. He was teaching truths that were for them, and also for those of us who would come to Him in communion, and the Word in later generations. He had informed them that they would initially run when the world turned on them, but to “take heart”, He had overcome the world. He was telling them,’hang in’, ‘don’t lose heart’, ‘keep the faith’. He was telling them as they looked to Him they would find the Way, the Truth, and the Life; they would be Overcomers as well. So it is for us.
The Word says, “After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven, and prayed: “Father, the hour 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 know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17: 1-3
To Glorify means to ‘lift up’. The hour had come for Jesus to lift up Abba Father as never before. The entire 17th chapter of this Gospel is a prayer of Jesus, to Father. He used this prayer to show His love and trust of, and for, Father, As always, everything Jesus did had a purpose. He could have prayed silently, but He wanted His disciples, and those of us who would read His prayer in later generations, to know exactly what He was saying.
He spoke first of eternal life, and where it would come from. He said, “Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” When we ‘know’ the Father, this is to ‘know’ Him as the One and Only God Almighty, the only true God whose children will be with Him for all time because of His amazing Love, and amazing Grace. When we ‘know’ Jesus Christ, we know Him as the Son of God, Son of Man, the One God the Father sent to lead His children to eternal life. The true Messiah. There is none other like Him. There is no other person of flesh that could have done what He did. To ‘know’ Him, to know all that He did for us to set us free from sin and death, and give us eternal life, is to fall completely in Love with Him; and want to be with Him for all time to come. This is why the Lord Jesus said to Abba Father, “Glorify Me, that I may Glorify You.” In other words, “Let us lift up Love. That is Who we are.” He said, “That is Who we want all mankind to become, and to spend eternity with us.” Amen.
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33
We continue our study of the Gospel of John, We pick up at verse 28, of chapter 16. John quotes the words of Jesus as He works to prepare His disciples for His death, and departure from this world. Jesus said, “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” (The Disciples told Him that now He was speaking clearly, and questions were not necessary. What He was saying made them Believe that He came from God.) “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming, and in fact has come, when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone for My Father is with Me. I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 28-33)
The Lord packed so much into the last few minutes with the Team He had put together. They were about to be given a Mission that would cost them their lives but would change the world. He knew
Fear would be their first reaction, but they would overcome that fear as they kept going. Even though they had pledged to Jesus that they would follow Him to the death, and they said they did indeed believe that He had come from God, they were simply afraid when it looked like things were coming apart for them. (So it is for us sometimes) Jesus was telling them what was going to happen to help them believe that all was well no matter what it might look like. So it is for us.
He said, “I have told you these things so that in Me, you may have Peace.” The Lord Jesus came from The Father to bring Peace into this fallen world. The Good News was, The Father was in Him in Spirit, just as He is with us. When we ask Jesus into our lives, at that point and forever after, we are never alone again. There are times when it may feel as if we are all alone, but that is a lie of the enemy. The Power of all creation is with us in the Holy Spirit, and that is why we can trust, and be in peace from the words He spoke. He said, “In this world you will have trouble.” He did not say we ‘may’ have trouble, He said when we walk in the world, we ‘will’ have trouble. But the Good News is He has ‘overcome’ the world, and has given us the power to do the same in Him.
Therefore when we encounter seeming trouble in the world, we simply keep going because we know we have already overcome it -whatever it may be. He has prepared us, and equipped us to be Overcomers, and walk in peace with Him as we face down any challenge. He is our Overcomer. We focus on Him, and not the problem, He is saying peace is ours as we walk in Him, in faith and trust, for we know that victory is ours and that we will overcome the things the enemy is trying to drag us down with or put upon us as we journey on in faith. The Lord, and His angels will fight the battle of whatever we may be facing. Our job is to just keep showing up in His Love, and showing that love to the world. Jesus said, “I have overcome the World.” So have we. Take Heart!!! 💚 All is well.
Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you , my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” John 16: 24
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. John is quoting the words of Jesus spoken just before He was captured, falsely tried, beaten horribly, sentenced to death, and crucified for us.
“Jesus went on to say, ‘In a little while you will see Me no more, and then after a little while you will see Me.'” (John 16: 16) Jesus was, of course, talking about His death, which was just a few hours away, and His resurrection, three days later. Jesus used the comparison of a woman giving birth to a child. The pain she suffers during that time is great, but the anguish of it is forgotten as the joy of the new birth becomes reality. He said, “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (John 16: 22)
When the Disciples saw the Lord die they thought all was lost.
They thought All hope was gone. The grief and pain were beyond words. But when they saw Him come back to life three days later, and walk in a body that could walk through closed doors; when they saw the nail scared hands and feet, and saw the wound in His side, and they knew without a doubt it was Jesus, they experienced the joy of a new birth, a new life that was beyond comparison. It was like they were born again into a life that the world had to hear about. Nothing could ever take their Joy away. (From John 16: 17-22)
At that time the Lord gave them some more good news. He said, “Very truly I tell you my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now, you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16: 23-24). We who believe in Christ now ask for all things in His name, because we believe in the power in that name. The power of salvation, the power of peace, the power of provision, the power of prosperity and health in body, soul, and spirit, the power of propitiation. He said, “Ask, and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” Amen.
And He gave them some more Good News. He said, “In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me, and believed that I came from God.” (John 16: 26-27) The Good News is we now go personally to the Father. The Lord Jesus is indeed our intercessor, but we go directly to the Father because the curtain of separation was removed when the Lord said, “It is finished.” Father wants us to be face to face with Him as we love on Him, and He on us. Jesus made that possible.
There is so much Good News in the Word. Jesus is the Good News. He is the Word Let us share it at every opportunity.💚
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. Picking up at Chapter 16, verse 1, we see that John has recorded the words of Jesus. It was moments away from the time Jesus would be taken, prisoner, and the plan of salvation would begin. He said unto His Disciples:
“All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or Me. I have told you this so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you about them.”
John 16: 1-4 Please continue to read John 16: 5-15 from the Word.
Things were about to happen to the disciples, that they could not imagine. Even though Jesus had told the disciples previously He would be arrested, would be killed, and on the third day would arise, and defeat death, they were not ready for what was to come. They knew there was a difference in the way Jesus was teaching them, and the way they had been taught as they grew up, but this was a life and death difference. Jesus was a radical Teacher, departing from the Law to this thing called “grace”, and a personal one on one relationship with God, and the Religious Leaders wanted Him dead. He was considered to be teaching blasphemy, and this called for death to the offender and all who followed Him. Jesus told His disciples the problem is this: “They do not know the Father or Me.” John 16:3 They just knew “religion”, and what they had been taught. This is why when the Lord was on the cross, He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
Here, The Lord was telling His disciples what was about to happen to Him, and them. But, He was also telling them of the One who would come to be with them, and the world, when He left. He said the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, is coming, and He will guide you into all the Truth. The Word tells us that “Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.” John 14:6 Jesus was telling them The Advocate was going to be sent after He departed, and He would guide them, and all who believed to Truth. He would show them Truth, and Eternal life is in Christ. Jesus said The Holy Spirit would glorify Him, and would say what He had been saying, for it is truth. Jesus said, “All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from Me what He will make known to you.” John 16:15.
The Lord Jesus speaks to us every day in many ways through the Holy Spirit. Let us always be open, and aware of His presence so that we hear Him, and are pulled back to Truth in the Spirit if we are not seeing it. In the world it is easy to be pulled away; in The Spirit of Truth, we see the Way, we hear the Lord, we will not fall away. 💚
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. Picking up at verse 18, of chapter 15, The Apostle continues to quote Jesus. He said,
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you. A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours as well. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates Me hates My Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both Me and My Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated Me without reason.’ (John 15: 18 -25)
For those of us who know, and love Jesus, it is difficult to understand why anyone would hate Him, or hate anyone who loves Him. Jesus is Love Personified. Our Abba Father is Love, and so is our Savior, Christ Jesus. He and The Father are One. (John 10:30) The Word says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7) Why would anyone want to hate a person whose entire being is made up of this?
The answer is the evil one. He is the prince of this fallen world, (John 14:30) and uses everything he can to bring about harm to God’s children. One of his most destructive weapons is “religion”. Jesus called the very religious Pharisees, hypocrites. They used religion to benefit themselves while proclaiming God’s name. They saw the authenticity of Christ, but because of their position, and not wanting to lose it, and because they operated from the flesh instead of the Spirit, and because they were blinded because they would not see, they refused to allow people to even speak His name. They hated Jesus, which led to the hate of the Father since they are One. They hated and persecuted those who spoke the name of Christ, and this is what Christ was telling His disciples. He wanted them prepared, but He also wanted them to know help was on the way. The Holy Spirit was coming, and would testify that Jesus was indeed the Christ. The Savior of mankind. Jesus said, “When the Advocate comes whom I will send to you from the Father – The Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father – He will testify about Me. And you also must testify, for you have been with Me from the beginning.” (John 15: 26-27)
Let us be ready at all times to testify of His wonderful, life changing, unconditional Love. It is a light to the fallen world that hates Him, and us, but we walk above that hate in His Love, in His kingdom.
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. We pick up at Chapter 15, verse 9. John continues to quote Jesus as He teaches at The Last Supper. In our study for today, He is teaching on Love. He said:
“As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my Love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His Love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is My command: LOVE EACH OTHER.” John 15: 9-17
God commands us to Love each other because that is Who He is, and that is who and where He wants us to be. Us in Him – Him in us. Free of judgment. Free to live in His unearned Grace, and unearned Love. Being able to share the results of it first hand because we live it. 1 John 4:16-17 says: “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is Love. Whoever lives in Love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment. In this world we are like Jesus.” Jesus loves unconditionally as we are to. He loves us as Friends, instead of ‘King – Servant”. He indeed is our King, but He looks at us as Friends that do what needs to be done in the Kingdom here on earth because of our Love for Him.
This is what He means when He says, “This is my command: Love each other.” He is saying, “This is what I want you to come to. But, I want you to Love each other, because you are my Friend, and not because I am Commanding you to. I chose you, and appointed you to bring the fruit of the Good News to the world because I know you will do this out of your Love and friendship for me.’
Jesus was teaching them, and modeling for them the fact that He was doing the things the Father wanted Him to do out of Love for Him. Not because He had to. There was always ‘the choice’ of doing what the “Plan of Salvation” called for up to and including the time of the Cross. So it is for us. The Lord wants us to choose to Love because we are Friends, and we know this will please Him. To choose to be there as much as we can when we see someone down. To choose to listen when someone needs to talk. To choose to give financially if we can. To choose to encourage the hurting heart of a brother or sister. Not because we have to do any of these things for Him to love us, but because we ‘want to’ out of Love for our Friend Jesus, and our Friend Abba Father, and our Friend the Sweet Holy Spirit, and the person we are bringing love to. Have a wonderful week, God’s Beloveds. You are unconditionally Loved. Walk in Love every day, and pass it on. Know that you are His Friend.💚
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. We pick up at Chapter 15, verse 1. John continues to quote Jesus, as The Lord says unto His Disciples:
“I am the vine, and my Father is the Gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit, apart from Me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in Me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you, This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15: 1-8
Jesus makes very clear that we all have a part to play, and how it is played in this walk of Life. Our Father, our Lord Jesus, the Sweet Holy Spirit, and Us, all have a role as we look to The Holy Spirit to keep us as One with Him, and In Him. The Lord uses a vine garden as an example, most likely a grapevine, since this was the most common vine at that time where He was. Our Father is the Gardner, and He sees to it that the Vine is protected and healthy in order to grow the most fruit that can come from it. This is why He prunes the branches that are on the vine, and removes those not bringing forth fruit,
Removing branches, and Pruning the branches is in the hands of The Father. We are not to judge. Removing, and Pruning is above our “pay grade”, and must be left to our Lord. We do not know who will be bearing fruit, and who will not.
Our job is to remain in a relationship of Love with our Lord Jesus; for “apart from Him we can do nothing”. In Him, The Vine of Life, we can and will, bear much fruit as His words remain in us, and we share those words with those in our lives. They produce the abundant fruit our Lord desires to see. They bring glory to our Father, and visibly show that we are disciples of the Love of our Lord Jesus as the fruit of Love is displayed by the Holy Spirit.
Let us be reminded each day that Jesus is the Vine, and we are the branch The Vine sends nourishment, and supplies every need to the branch. The Vine brings produces life; we bring it to the world through the. power of the Holy Spirit, How very blessed we are to be One with the Lord of Love, and to know that abundant life is in Him. How very blessed we are to show His Love to this world we walk in. As it flows through us we taste and are nourished by the sweetness of it.💚 Blessings and Love upon you, and yours, Beloveds of God.
We continue our study of the Gospel of John. Picking up at chapter 14, verse 28, John is quoting Jesus as teaches at the last Passover. Jesus said,
“You heard Me say I am going away and I am coming back to you. If you loved Me you would be glad I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over Me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father asks of Me. Come now, let us leave.” John 14: 28 – 31.
Since the Lord continued to teach after He said, “Come now let us leave.”, some say He continued to teach as they walked together to the Garden of Gethsemane, others say He was preparing them to leave the upper room. Either way, it was around this time that some of the Lord’s most beautiful statements and teachings came that we will look at going forward. Though His Disciples did not understand, what He is doing here in these words is reminding them that He is going away, but that He was coming back as He had told them before, and they should be glad. Instead of just Him, they would have the Spirit of Him, and The Father, and the Holy Spirit with them, and within them. He was telling them He would not have much more to say, because it was time for the plan to begin. The last dance for Him on earth was getting ready to start and the enemy was on the way. Things were going to get ugly because the prince of this world was coming to try to destroy what Christ had taught and brought to the world. And, even though it would appear that Jesus was being defeated, the Lord wanted them to know the enemy had no hold over Him. That was because He was the Son of God, and was without sin. So it is with us.
When we accept Christ as Redeemer, and Lord of our lives, we are without sin in the eyes of God, and the enemy has no hold over us because we are children of God. He tries to make us think he does. He attacks us with fear, but we have nothing to fear as we walk in and with Jesus, for Jesus has defeated him. He tries to put guilt on us for the mistakes we make in the flesh. But we walk in Grace and Forgiveness, and God’s love. As we walk in these things, and the righteousness that we have in Jesus, (2 Corinthians 5:21) the enemy has no power over us. What Christ has done for us makes us want to do the right thing, Righteous is what we want to do and be because of His love. If we miss the mark, we want Jesus even more. Our focus is on getting it right in Christ out of Love, not out of guilt.
That night, Jesus was going to allow Himself to be captured, and falsely tried, and ultimately crucified, but this was done for the love He had for the Father, and for us, God’s other children. Father had asked Him to do this, and Jesus was going to do it out of Love. What was about to happen was ‘the plan’. The Plan of Redemption. The world would come to know that Jesus had the starring role in that plan. He took it out of Love, but He did have a choice.
So it is for us. We have a choice of accepting the plan of salvation. Of walking in the Love that comes from it. Love for God. Love for our brothers, and sisters in Him. The enemy wants us to walk in the flesh. To be more concerned about the external part of our life, than the Spirit within that connects us all. He has the display of it all in his bag of tricks. He can make his side look like the way to go. But his stuff is temporary. What is ours in Christ, is forever.
Let us make the choice to show the world the Love of the Father. He asks us to walk in His Love, and to love one another. Let us make the choice to do that every day. 💚