What Jesus Did! 'The Essence of Life' — John 17:1-3

Monday, October 22, 2018

After Jesus said these things he looked toward heaven. Jesus prayed, "Father, the time has come. Give glory to your Son so that the Son can give glory to you. You gave the Son power over all people so that the Son could give eternal life to all those people you have given to him. And this is eternal life: that people can know you, the only true God, and that people can know Jesus Christ, the One you sent."
— John 17:1-3 NLT
Illustration of John 17:1-3 NLT —  And this is eternal life: that people can know you, the only true God, and that people can know Jesus Christ, the One you sent.

Key Thought

Jesus came to give us life. His goal wasn't just to prolong our life here, nor was it to just increase the quality of life here. His goal was to give us life that would endure—that would last longer than the mountains, oceans, earth, and sky. What is the secret to this life? To know God and to know his Son, Jesus Christ. This is more than just knowing facts about God and Jesus; it is a relationship and reliance on them in everyday life. It is seeking after God and finding him. It is learning to trust in him with every fiber of our being.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, my heavenly Father, please lead me to a deeper relationship with you. I want to know more about you. I also want to know you—your passion, your holiness, your might, your wisdom, and your grace. Please reveal more of yourself to me in my daily walk with you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 5:24-26
  • John 10:7-10
  • 1 Corinthians 13:13

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.