With all of history converging on the final hours of Jesus' life; the revelation that He was about to suffer and give up His life for the world was hitting Him. And yet, He had only one motivation that pulsated through His mind: "It is all worth it if these people get to know Me. If I can have My bride, then all My suffering and all the pain will be so worth it. I will get to know them, and they will get to know Me."
Jesus knew the hour had come. He felt the authority of the Father being given to Him. It was time for the Son to be glorified.
Here in John 17:2, Jesus prays, "You have given Him (meaning Himself) authority over all flesh that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him."
Jesus had laid aside His power and authority to come to the earth in the form of a baby, to walk this humble earth as a man, and to show us how to function in human flesh, yet by the power of the Holy Spirit. It was now time for the ultimate lesson on His WHY. What would compel Him to give up all His power and authority for this simple life in human flesh?
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
It wasn't just about living forever. Jesus wanted His people to live eternally, but He also wanted His people to live forever WITH HIM.
He had a personal motive—the same motive that caused the ELOHIM (the Godhead) to create man in the first place, as seen in Genesis 1:26, "Let US make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..."
The motivation behind everything was for us to be WITH Him, for us to KNOW Him.
When I sit and think about the reality of Jesus' love for me, how He came to the earth and went to the cross for one reason—to KNOW ME—that revelation brings me to my knees. It makes the world stop. My human and natural life doesn't seem as important as it once was.
When I really meditate on that truth, it makes me want to stop and listen. It makes me want to turn the TV off and spend time consuming His words. It makes thirty minutes in worship seem like nothing, and two hours in His presence seem like a short time.
When I really GET it, my life slows down, and I find peace resting in the only thing that really matters: fulfilling the real motivation of His heart to KNOW me.
I want to live my life every day thanking Jesus for giving up everything to redeem me and giving me eternal life. I don’t want eternal life to just start when I see Him face to face in heaven, but to start now, here in my office, my home, and my heart.