John 17 – I struggled with what to write about today. In this chapter, Yeshua is praying to HaShem. There are so many layers of things he prays about that we could spend a week talking about just this chapter. In fact, even as he is wrapping up his ministry here on earth, he once again points to his divinity: “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed” (John 17:5) making known the fact that he was with G-d before the creation of the world.
I chose to focus on this verse: “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18) This statement is the precursor to the Great Commission that Yeshua speaks to his disciples before he ascends to heaven. (Matt 28:19) Our purpose and calling here on earth is a continuation of the work of Yeshua. He was sent by the Father and so he sends us.
According to his own words, what was Yeshua’s work that he was sent to do? “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. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Yeshua the Messiah whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” (John 17:1b-4)
Yeshua’s purpose was to bring eternal life and to glorify G-d. That is our purpose in this world – bring the message of eternal life to a hurting world and to glorify G-d in everything we do. We were set apart, separated from this world (John 17:14), to continue what the Messiah was sent to do.
This seems like such a simple task, and yet we get so distracted from our purpose. Yeshua left this earth over 2000 years ago. He left us behind to continue what he began: glorify G-d and speak the good news. (John 17:11) Everything in our life should fit into those two categories: Am I speaking of the transformative power of life in Yeshua to someone? Are my actions and words glorifying G-d in this moment?