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Jesus did not come to earth to erect a monument, but to create a missional movement involving healthy relational connections with God and others. A ministry of any size and shape is only as good as its relational connections to God and one another in the ministry before the surrounding world.
The Gospel story—the Good News of Jesus Christ—is all about relational connections for now and eternity. We see such connections in Jesus’ prayer offered last Thursday evening—Maundy Thursday—during Passion Week, as recorded in John 17.
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You learn a great deal about what really matters to someone when they are under extreme duress. During his passion, Jesus never lost sight of relational connectedness no matter how distressed he was: the Good News involves Jesus’ connection to the Father, our connection to Jesus before the Father, and our connection to one another in relation to Jesus and his Father through the Spirit. We will address each aspect in turn in three successive blog posts. In this post, we will consider briefly John 17:1-5 and reflect upon the following: Jesus longs to reconnect with the Father after departing this world.
John’s Gospel reflects at great length on Jesus’ vital connection with the Father. He is the Word of God (John 1:1). He is the Son of God (John 1:18). Jesus’ identity is never separate from the Father’s identity, and Jesus’ sense of value flows from the Father’s affirmation of him (John 5:20, 23). Everything the Father does Jesus does (John 5:19). Jesus comes from the bosom of God (John 1:18)...
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