Completing the Father's work
During His ‘High Priestly Prayer’, Jesus said to the Father:
John 17:4 I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.
A few verses later, specifically states what part of that work entailed:
John 17:6-8 I have revealed Your name to the men You gave Me from the world.
They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
Now they know that all things You have given to Me are from You,
Because the words that You gave Me, I have given them.
They have received them and have known for certain that I came from You.
They have believed that You sent Me.
Part of His mission was to purposely develop disciples to carry on the Father’s work after Jesus’ departure. He didn’t just pick a few of His favorites from those who were following Him around. They weren’t just hang-out buddies or there to be “Yes-Men” while Jesus conducted His ministry.
The Father specifically chose the disciples out of all the Israelites who were looking forward to the coming Messiah. The Father gave these men to Jesus, for Him to invest in and develop.
Over the course of three years, Jesus revealed the truths of God to the disciples. He taught them truths and He lived out those truths. And now it was time for them to live out the truths they believed.
John 17:9-10 I pray for them.
I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me,
because they are Yours.
All My things are Yours, and Yours are Mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
Just as the Father was glorified by Jesus as He completed the work the Father sent Him to do…Jesus will be glorified by the disciples as they complete the work that Jesus is sending them out to do.
Two main applications come from our observations here:
· Are we glorifying Jesus by completing the work He has given us to do?
· Are we purposely developing others to carry on God’s work after our own departure?