I Have Declared Your Name

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 John 17:1:
THESE WORDS spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come {for Jesus to redeem humanity with his life}; glorify thy Son, {in order} that thy Son also may glorify thee:

John chapter 17 is a prayer, and Jesus first asked his Father to glorify him, so that he would have the power to reciprocate glory back to his Father. Jesus went through a horrendous torture; thankfully, we today do not need to face what Jesus went through. But notice that he prayed first so that he would be able to glorify the Father. The Scriptures show that God indeed glorified Christ, and Christ still glorifies his Father. Any prayer that will glorify God blesses our heavenly Father’s heart, and He will always, in His glory, answer your prayers.

John 17:24:
Father, I will {wish} that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Jesus, in the closing moments of this prayer, prays that we can behold his glory that the Father gave to him. Then Jesus says, “for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” This love that God loved him with has been in the heart of God since before the foundation of the world. This love has passed the test of time and is what allowed Jesus to redeem humanity.

John 17:25:
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

It is sad but true that so many people do not know the righteous Father; however, we can be so humbly thankful that we do know Him, and that we do know the Savior whom God sent to us.

John 17:26:
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: {here is the purpose for Jesus declaring the name “righteous Father” to us} that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Jesus detailed to his Apostles and disciples (and it is recorded in the Scriptures for us), the Father’s wonderful name, “Righteousness.” Jesus had shown that God was the Creator, that He was the Lord in His personal relationship with us, and that God is our righteous Father. Jesus Christ did all this in his ministry with a purpose, to show us the Father’s love, and the love with which He has loved Jesus since the beginning of time is extended and given graciously to us.

Did Jesus’ prayer get answered? Oh yes it certainly did (Ephesians 1:3-4)! God’s love is now a part of your life, and is now inseparable from your heart (Romans 5:5). In Romans 5:8 we read, “But God commendeth {introduces} his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ has given so much for you (his very life), so that the Father could introduce His love into your heart and give you a spiritual relationship in divine righteousness with Him Who is your heavenly Father.

The Greater Love (Part One)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

This commandment of Jesus was first given back in the Gospel of John chapter 13:34-35, when he called it “the new commandment.” This new commandment is to love in a specific way, “as I have loved you.” Coming to know Jesus from the Scriptures is how we learn how he loved, for his love was and still is the love of God, and it is available today to love as Jesus loved.

John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus in explaining who has the love of God says “greater love hath no man.” The word “man” is the Greek word for “one,” for “no one” other than Jesus at this time in the Gospel of John had this greater love to apply and enjoy. This is why he said “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you” (John 5:42). Then, Jesus says that it would take this greater love in order for him to lay down his life for his friends. Have you ever considered yourself as a friend of Jesus? Well he considers himself your friend! This greater love that Jesus was referring to is what is now available from God because of the sacrifice of Jesus laying down his life for us.

John 13:37-38:
-37: Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
-38: Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

Peter was willing, he considered the task of dying for Jesus, yet Jesus knew that even with all the good intentions of Peter to want to help, if it meant dying, Peter would never be able to carry it through. Human (man’s own) love never really allows one to make that ultimate sacrifice for others. In war, of course it is a different story, for it is kill or be killed. However, Jesus obviously knew that Peter would not be able to lay down his life and would even deny him. No one had the spiritual love to carry out God’s will for the redemption of humanity other than Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Today, because of the ultimate sacrifice, crucifixion, and torture that Jesus endured we now have every right into all the love of God that Jesus displayed. I would like to close out this Bible byte by quoting from the Epistle of Romans.

Romans 5:6-8:
-6:  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
-7:  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
-8:  But God {who was in Christ, II Corinthians 5:19} commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.