"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world." John 17:24
Do we ever take any time to think about the desires of God? What does God desire for our lives, families, nation, and our world?
What is in Jesus' heart for us?
This verse—John 17:24—rocked my world a few years ago because I finally got it. I really got it! And it has held me through persecutions, sufferings, loneliness, and fears.
The desire of Jesus is pounding in His chest until He sweats drops of blood. BLOOD! Luke 22:44 says, "And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground."
I finally got it on my couch one day poring over this chapter of the Bible.
It wasn't fear that was causing the agony of Jesus in those final moments in the Garden. It wasn’t that He was afraid of suffering, of being beaten and crucified. He knew what was ahead, but it was not the pain in front of Him causing Him this agony, it was His DESIRE. His desire was so strong that it was causing Him agony because He knew what He had to do. He knew His desire was worth it all—His suffering, His torment, and His death. The desire of His heart would win over the day and it was almost here. This desire was about to be met and He couldn’t wait. The heart of this intercessor knew that what He had been praying for was about to come to pass.
I can just see Jesus crying out in prayer to the person He loves to talk to most—the Father. He was not going to let Him go until He gave Him his ultimate desire—a bride that would willingly love Him and would want to see His glory.
Psalm 2 is a prophetic psalm of the Messiah's triumph and kingdom.
God says, "I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession." Psalm 2:7-8
Right there, in His final moments, Jesus is crying out, "I am asking,
I was stunned that day as I realized the depth of the love of Jesus for me and for His bride all over the earth.
Jesus is after us with His desire; He gave up His life to redeem us. His blood continues to cry out, "I WANT YOU. I need you. You are mine."
It is time for us to accept His gift and mercy, not only for eternal salvation, but His gift of grace empowerment into His presence, so we can walk with Him intimately each day.
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was." John 17:3-5