The contents of John 14 to 17 are Jesus’ final words to his disciples (except Judas) and his prayer to his Father moments before he is handed over. The one dominating overarching theme in these four chapters is the absolute unchallenged supremacy, beauty, and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus states the following:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me”
– John 14.6
“If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” – John 14.14
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” – John 14.27
“Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; abide in my love” – John 15.9
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take heart I have overcome the world” – John 16.33
“…these things I speak in the world so that they may have my joy made full in themselves” – John 17.13
What Jesus prays for in chapter 17 is what he taught and instructed in chapter 14 to 16. Jesus prayed for each believer to have unity with him, to be filled with his joy, to be sanctified in the truth. The life we have in Jesus is so beautiful and precious. Jesus Christ is the living water. Let us drink from him deeply and without reservation. Let us be always dependent and in communion with Jesus. Abiding and communing with Christ is the key to realizing the fullness of joy, peace, and love. In addition, we see the work of the Father, the work of the son, and the work of the spirit active in lives of those whom God has saved. The Father has chosen us, the son has died for us and bought our salvation, and the spirit makes us alive.
To God be the glory in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit!
Today’s Bible passage can be read or listened to at BibleGateway here – John 14-17
Make sure you come back tomorrow when we will read Matthew 27 & Mark 15. We are getting to the end of the gospels.