As Easter is approaching I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick devotional on a passage I came across in John.
A facebook memory came up the other day. It was from Easter a few years ago. Do you ever see Facebook memories and think “Man, I really had no idea what life was getting ready to throw at me.” And then I get a little scared wondering what life will look like in the next few years for our family.
What I love about this passage is that it looks at Jesus the night before he went to the cross. Jesus knew EXACTLY what was coming for him. Can you imagine? Knowing you are going to die a brutal death, and willingly walking into that?
This scripture in John 17 is about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane:
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
Ahh I love these verses. If you have time, I encourage you to read all of John 17.
Before Jesus was going to go die he didn’t spend his time living out his “bucket list” he didn’t have the phrase “YOLO” on his mind.
You know what he had on his mind? YOU! He had YOU on his mind. How amazing is that? Before he was going to die, Jesus prayed for YOU!
Jesus wants You to be with him in Heaven
I just find it so amazing that Jesus was focused on future believers in his most strenuous hour. It shows the true nature of his heart: He wants us to be with Him where he is. With his whole being, he wants you to choose him because he has already chosen you.
Do you have a hard time believing this? That’s okay. You know what? Sometimes i do too! I wonder if He even cares about my life. I wonder why in the world he would even care about my life. I doubt his goodness sometimes. And then I think about this scripture in John 14:
2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
He has promised us that he has already prepared a place for us. How amazing, he’s got your room ready to go!
“I WILL COME BACK AND TAKE YOU TO BE WITH ME THAT YOU ALSO MAY BE WHERE I AM.”
Doesn’t that just resonate in your soul and bring you peace? It does for me. A few of the things we desire most in this world are to be wanted, to be chosen, to be known. Jesus has told us we are already all of those things to Him. We don’t have to search anymore.
You are his child
When I really think about Jesus praying for me before going to the cross, it doesn’t surprise me. I am his daughter. He loves me in the same ways I love my own children. He would do anything for me, he has already done everything for me. He was going to that cross for me, so of course he would pray and think about me leading up to it.
I would easily die for either of my children, if it meant they would live. And this is what Jesus did for us.
Sometimes when I think about my relationship with Jesus, I want to make it this complex thing. I want to dwell in all the ways it is confusing and hard.
But when I stop and see myself as his child, all of those complexities disappear. And it is simple. He loves me as his daughter, in the same ways I love my children, unconditionally.
There is Hope in His resurrection
When I think about Easter and the cross, it gives me hope. It reminds me that this world is not forever.
Jesus did not die in vain. He died for a purpose and that purpose was to save me. That purpose was so that I might choose to follow him and make it to be with him where he is. I am grateful not only for the cross but also for the hope that it brings in his resurrection.
I hope this short Easter devotional reminded you that Easter is not really about bunnies and eggs. But about the hope of eternal life we have in Jesus’ resurrection.