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Gethsemane Love July 5, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Seeking Him.

Alright, so I guess I’ll get the ball rolling.  I thought you were the one with all the free time on your hands!!  I was reading the High Priestly prayer this morning in John 17 and was wondering your thoughts on verse 26: “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.””
I’m trying to understand exactly what Christ is saying in these words, and there could be two different possibilities.  Perhaps Jesus is saying that He has made known to His disciples the name (or glory) of His Father so that His disciples would have the same love for Christ that the Father has for Christ.  That would be intriguing, that Christ’s dying prayer for us is that we love HIM like His Father does. 

But It could be read another way.  Isn’t another way to read it like this: Jesus made known the glory of His Father so that we would taste and experience the Father’s love just like Jesus experiences the Father’s love.  In the first example, Christ is the object of the Father’s love and the love Jesus prays would be in us.  In the second, we are the object of the Father’s love, and Christ prays that we would experience it “in us” the way Jesus does.   

If this is what Jesus meant, then we read the first half of the verse, “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known…” as the means by which Jesus is loving us.  The way He seeks to fulfill His desire that we experience God’s love is by putting on display the name/glory of God the Father.  So Christ loves us ultimately by showing us God in all His glory.  What an awesome thought that is, expressed here in Christ’s dying prayer in Gethsemane.   



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