John 17 - the Five Gifts to Jesus
This morning in my quiet time, God showed me something I hadn’t seen before (I love it when He does that) from John 17. In Jesus’ famous prayer at the Last Supper on the night before He died, there are five things He mentions that the Father has given Him:
- "the work you gave me” (Jn 17:4)
Jesus came for many reasons, but primarily to complete a specific mission; the purchase of salvation for His people. The next day as He hung dying, His last words would be "it is finished" (Jn 19:30). Mission accomplished. Hallelujah.
- "the people whom you gave me” (Jn 17:6)
Jesus is all about the people. The work He did was to redeem and build a people, His Church, who went on to become the most significant group in all of human history.
- "the words you gave me” (Jn 17:8)
God speaks. He isn’t distant, abstract and silent, but near, knowable and loud. We can read His Word; we can hear His voice. Jesus came to speak the very words of God, and His people accept them (v7).
- "the name you gave me” (Jn 17:11)
The name of Jesus is the name which is above every other name (Phil 2:9). By His name the sick are healed (Acts 4:10), men are saved (Acts 4:12), and people have hope (Matt 12:21).
- "the glory that you gave me” (Jn 17:22)
Jesus alone is worthy of all glory and honour. More songs have been written about Him than anyone else. How cool is that?