Embracing Eternity

John 17:1-11

I’ve known a few preachers in my time who after they finished their sermon offered a rather lengthy prayer that was almost another sermon.  In fact it appeared as if the recipient of that prayer was the congregation rather than God.  That’s how I feel when I read John 17.  John begins by saying:

When Jesus finished saying these things, he looked up to heaven and said: “Father the time has come. . . .”  (Jn. 17:1).

There’s a lot of stuff packed into this prayer, much more than we can digest in one sitting.  There is a word that is present in this prayer, however, that speaks to where we have been this past week. [Continue reading by clicking here]