What Comes Next?
“O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.”
– John 17:25
Last week, I shared with you a verse from John 16. In this world, we will have trouble, but we have hope because Jesus has overcome the world! There is so much packed into the Scriptures surrounding this verse that it is nearly impossible to write a devotion that encompasses everything Jesus is saying in this section, but not really look at chapter 17.
I wanted to single in on verse 25, because it’s important that we see the end of this section and what comes next. The world does not know the righteous Father, but Jesus does, and we KNOW that the righteous Father sent Jesus. In this time of great unknowing, we know the righteous Father that the world does not know! That’s hope! And yes, it is hope directed at us!
Jesus is praying in Chapter 17, preparing for a rough night that follows. Notice what He says in verse 20. He isn’t just praying this prayer for the disciples, but for those who will believe in Jesus because of the disciples’ preaching. Jesus is literally hours away from being arrested, and here He is praying for His church. We have the words of Christ and of His disciples. We believe in Jesus, not because of what we have personally seen Him do, but because of what God has revealed to us through His Word. Maybe this is a logical fallacy, but I believe Jesus is praying for the members of FBCBA in John 17. So, what is He praying?
Let them know the One True God (verse 3). Let them know that everything Jesus is comes from God (verse 7). Remind them that they belong to you and not the world (verse 9). May they glorify Jesus in their lives (verse 10), keep them in Your name (verse 11), and let the joy of Christ be fulfilled in them (verse 13). Protect them from the evil one (verse 15), sanctify them (verse 17), unify them (verse 21), let the world see Christ through them (verse 23), and reveal My glory to them (verse 24).
That’s a lot in one prayer! Then verse 25 tells us we know what the world doesn’t. Just 2 verses later, Jesus goes to the garden to pray and will be betrayed and arrested. Really think about that. Just before Jesus is to be arrested, He prayed all that for us. That leaves us with the question in the title of this devotion. What comes next?
Jesus still had one line of prayer in verse 26. He said He has made known the name of God to them and He will continue to make it known. Jesus is less than 24 hours away from the tomb here, and He tells God He will continue to make known the name of the righteous Father. Jesus prayed all this because He knew what would come next.
Jesus continues to make known the name of God, but He does it through us. That’s why He prayed for us the way He did. We have been prayed for, we have been called and we have been prepared. We are next. The question isn’t what comes next. The question is, are you ready for what comes next?
Pray: God, thank You for loving me and preparing me to spread the good news of Your name throughout this world that desperately needs You. Give me the words You wish for me to speak in the moments and relationships that You have in store for me.
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