In the reading of today October 22, John 17, Jesus prays for himself, his disciples, and his future followers, of which we should be part of. But Jesus also prayed that the hour had come for God to glorify His son, that His son may glorify the Most High God.
Lots of people who take Jesus as their god forget the sayings of god about Jesus but also the saying of Jesus about what his heavenly Father did for him and why. Though it is important that we should know who jesus realy is and why and what God has done for this man of flesh and blood, who is a son of man and also called son of God.
For centuries people had looked out for the sent one from God who would bring salvation and restore God’s country. Jesus came to declare God and wanted to show people he was that promised one from God who is the bread of life and the light of the world. Not only in his time and many centuries later people did not want to see who Jesus really was or is. We can hear others saying that many have no zeal for the deep things of God, which makes them looking for other solutions and other religions than Christianity or Christendom.
Lots of people cut the words of Jesus and as such love to have their readers to believe Jesus is telling that he is the “I Am that I am”, when Jesus is just telling he is this or that, like when he says “I am the bread of life”. With such sayings he even did not even meant “Ehyeh (I exist – I am)“. Though many say to find self proclaiming seven great “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John, because they love to twist the words of the gospel.
When Jesus saying “I am …” many often consider it to be a direct link to Exodus 3:13–14 wanting their readers to believe God is saying the same thing to Mosses. But they forget the rest, that what is coming after “I am”, like many of us today also still say “I am…” but for sure do not have the intention to say they are the “I Am that I am” and never claim to be God when they replay with “I am”.
When Jesus said to the crowd
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. ” (John 6:35-40 ESV))
he did not say at all
“I Am the I Am”
“I am God”
No, Jesus said
“I am the bread of life”
and that is what the majority is missing.
Those people who say that Jesus is God also seem to overlook to Whom Jesus is praying. He does not pray to himself. He does not ask himself why “He” (God) has abounded him (Jesus).
Lots of people (those mentioning that Jesus is God), forget that Jesus manifested God’s name unto the men which his heavenly Father gave him out of the world (John 17:6) They do not seem to see or read, or understand that it was God Who had given the people to His son Whom He had authorized to speak in His Name.
The world shall have to come to see and understand that God may have given His people manna, bread from heaven, but has given a much higher bread of life, by sending his son, to fill the void that people may fill in themselves. Jesus promises man that he can fill that void and can give us light in the darkness of this world. Today we do find Jesus praying to the One Who he considers the Only One God, The God of Israel.
Praying not to himself but to his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, Jesus asks for God’s glory to be displayed through him.
Jesus recognizes that nobody belongs to him, but all belong to God. Those whom God had given, out of the world, to Jesus were God’s. It was Jehovah Who gave them to him, and they have obeyed God’s word. (John 17:6)
Everything Jesus came to see and to do was because God gave it to him and let him do it. (John 17:7) If Jesus would be God it would have been from Jesus. Though at the time of Jesus nobody thought Jesus was God. The disciples were convinced Jesus was the promised Messiah, the sent one from God. The people around Jesus knew that everything Jesus had and could do came from above, by the Power of God. For Jesus gave them the words God had given him and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that Jesus came from Jehovah God, and they believed that He sent Jesus, something today themajority in Christendom does not want to accept. Jesus prayed for them. He was not praying for the world as such, but for those the heavenly Father had given him, for they are God’s. (John 17:7-9)
In case Jesus would be God, then those people would also have been his people.
Moved by deep love for his apostles, Jesus has been preparing them for his imminent departure. He now raises his eyes to heaven and prays to his Father:
“Glorify your son so that your son may glorify you, just as you have given him authority over all flesh, so that he may give everlasting life to all those whom you have given to him.” (John 17:1, 2.)
Jesus never asked to give him glory. When he did miracles he said to the one he helped to remember and to tell others that he or she was healed by the grace of God. For Jesus it is of the first importance to give honour and glory to God.
People had and still have to come to know both the Father and the son intimately, having a close bond with them. Each individual must come to recognize the two different characters of the Bible. Jesus now has come to a point were he knows that there is going to come a troublesome time for him. He knows his end is near and therefore prays to his heavenly Father, and not to himself:
“I have glorified you on the earth, having finished the work you have given me to do. So now, Father, glorify me at your side with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was.” (John 17:4-5)
Here we do find Jesus asking his heavenly Father to be restored to heavenly glory by means of a resurrection.
Jesus’ followers already knew and used God’s name. They saw and read it in the Hebrew Scripture scrolls available in their synagogues. They also saw and read it in the Septuagint — a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, which was used in teaching. In the Bible, the term “name” at times also stands for the person himself, his reputation, and all that he declares himself to be. Jesus made known God’s name not just by using it but by revealing the Person behind the name — His purposes, activities, and qualities. As the one who had been “at the Father’s side,” Jesus could explain the Father in a way that no one else could. (Joh 1:18; Mt 11:27) God’s “name” thus took on greater meaning to Jesus’ early followers. They knew it was Jehovah and never claimed Jesus to be the name of God, or never claimed Jesus real name, Jeshua or in full Jahushua, to be the name of God.
Today, as in Jesus time, the world still has no idea Who God is. We should take Jesus prayer into account:
25 Righteous Father, the world has, indeed, not come to know you,+ but I know you,+ and these have come to know that you sent me. 26 I have made your name known to them and will make it known,+ so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in union with them.”+
(John 17:25-26 NWT Study Ed.)
We, who know the Name of the heavenly Father, the Only One True God, should help others to find the way to this Only One True God Who is one and God of gods. We should show the world that Jesus is the way to God, and is the one who can give us peace and a beautiful life. People should come to believe in him, who was given by God to the world.
Let us take the words of Jesus serious and place them in the light of the present times, when they are of great importance now we can see certain signs.
the hour is come
to have the son also glorified, him to be recognized as giver of life. This being eternal life:
that they know the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom God has sent.
As Jesus prayed for the world we should also pray for those around us. We have in front of us the by God given example, God’s son Jesus himself, who gave a blueprint, when he prayed for those who would be coming to believe in Christ Jesus, through the message of the apostles. For them Jesus asks that they would become one like Jesus and his heavenly Father are one in spirit. All followers of Christ should become one with Christ like he is one with God and we too should be one with God. That oneness or unity shall not make us to be God, like so many Trinitarians claim that unity or oneness to be proof of Jesus being God.
20 Neither for these only do I [a]pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us: that the world may believe that thou didst send me. 22 And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them; that they may be one, even as we are one; 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that thou didst send me, and lovedst them, even as thou lovedst me. 24 Father, [b]I desire that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world knew thee not, but I knew thee; and these knew that thou didst send me; 26 and I made known unto them thy name, and will make it known; that the love wherewith thou lovedst me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:20-26 ASV)
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- Holy Scripture Reading, John Chap. 17, NASB.
- John 17:1-5
- John 17:3-5
- John 17:6-12
- John 17:13-19
- John 17:20-26
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- “I am the bread of life” lets clearly see how people twist the word of God presented to us in the Bible. Jesus’ statements ‘I am’ does not at all mean: ‘I am, have been, and always will be.’ And we shall never consume or eat God like this Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus wants people to believe.
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- “But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.” ~Jesus
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- community and mutual identity
- worth continuing forever
- fully responding to the gospel
- the unity that he prayed for
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- Praying Ourselves Toward Unity
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