“I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
Today’s verse falls in Jesus’s prayer to God the Father. Jesus talking about His closest disciples, indicates that He (Jesus) revealed God the Father to His disciples. He also indicates that His disciples who belonged to God the Father were given to Him by the Father, and they have obeyed the Father’s word.
Knowing or entering into a personal relationship with God the Father, is as much as important as knowing God the Son, Jesus Christ. For eternal life depends on knowing both, the Father and the Son (John 17:3).
Jesus who is the image of the invisible God, revealed God the Father to us. We get to have the revelation of the love, goodness, righteousness, grace and holiness of God the Father through Jesus.
As did Jesus’s disciples back then, we should also obey God’s word, for by doing so, we show that we have come to know Him. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth (1 John 2:3-4).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How will you respond to God’s love for you?
Ask God to help shape your prayers – countries you should pray for; situations which need God’s power and transformation; lift them up in confidence and faith. “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” Psalm 96:10