Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
in ‘Christ the Truth’ John 17:1-5
Vs.3 And this is
eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ
whom you have sent.
The Gospel according to St.
John chapter 17 is known as the high priestly prayer of Jesus, in which
He prays for himself, for His disciples and for those who will
believe in Him in the future. In the first part of the prayer, vs.
1-5, where He spoke about himself, He affirms the glory of the cross and
expresses the essence of the eternal life. The purpose of the life of
Jesus Christ was to give the eternal life to all the people who had been
given to Him in this world. Through His life and this prayer, He teaches
the believers the real meaning of eternal life. Let us focus on
two important aspects of the life of those who believe in Christ, the
Knowing the Father: Eternal life is an important theme of the
Gospel according to John. The Greek term used for eternal life means
‘life of the age to come’, which refers more to the quality of life than
the duration of the life. Here, in the words of Jesus, we get the
definition of eternal life. Eternal life is to know God and to know Jesus
Christ whom He has sent. To know God means not merely to have an
understanding about the nature of God that was revealed through Jesus
Christ, but also to have an intimate relationship with Him. In essence,
it is nothing less than the participation in the eternal life of God,
which is revealed through Jesus Christ.
Glorifying the Father: The event that glorifies
the Son was His death on the cross. It is through this death on the
cross, the Father was glorified for fulfilling His redemptive plan in the
Son. It is through the obedience of the Son that the Father was
glorified. Knowing the Father, leads to the understanding of the will of
God. Jesus Christ was obedient to the will of God, which brought
glory to the Father. As the believers of Christ, we also are called to
know the Father and to glorify Him through our life. Christ has set His
life as an example for us. Let us have an intimate relationship with God
and participate in the eternal life. Let us glorify Him through our life
by obeying the will of God.
help us to know You intimately and to glorify You in this world through
our life. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Eternal life is nothing other
than participating in the life of God for His glory.