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John's Gospel -a new look: no 29 "Seeing is believing".

Updated on May 1, 2013

Not a blind Faith


Jn.17:1-26 Three prayers of Jesus.

Immediately before Jesus is arrested John records in chapter 17 three prayers that Jesus prayed.

Firstly he prayed for himself, then for his disciples and then for all believers. The chapter is full of rich insight into the mind of Christ and his concern for the church that he came to establish. Among other things he prays for unity. (vs.20/21) Perhaps he sees into the future the disunity that man will create as the church is led into division. Someone seeking a relationship with God through Jesus today cannot but be confused by the disunity that exists in the broader Christian community.

He also prays for protection for his followers because he knows that as he faced persecution any true believer will find themselves in conflict with this world. So Jesus asks his Father for protection in the world, rather that removal from the world. (vs. 16)

At the same time in this chapter John is stating again as he has throughout the Gospel that salvation comes only to those who believe. (vs. 8) Some attack Christianity on the basis of Christians having “a blind faith”. Our faith is nothing like that! It is based on the evidence that was witnessed by the early followers, faithfully recorded and passed on through the ages and shines as a bright light into today’s world in the pages of the Bible.

In 1 John 1:1 John testifies to the fact that they (the early disciples) had heard Jesus personally, had seen Him with their own eyes and even touched this amazing man Jesus. To discount Jesus as an imaginary figure is a dangerous and spiritually fatal mistake to make; a decision that has implications in life today and in eternity tomorrow.

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    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 4 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

      excellent

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thanks celafoe

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent, simple yet profound. He is the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through Him.

      You said, "He also prays for protection for his followers because he knows that as he faced persecution any true believer will find themselves in conflict with this world. So Jesus asks his Father for protection in the world, rather that removal from the world. "

      The world is hard and it certainly is in conflict with the creator of it all. How marvelous to remember that our Savior prayed for our protection - if we were removed from the world then the light of Jesus that lives in us would also be removed. We are here as His personal representatives and as a light that testifys to the reality of "Christ in me, the hope of glory!"

      Thanks for the time of reflection in His word!

      God Bless YOU!

      Mekenzie

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thank you for your insightful comments.

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