Day 27 meditation takes you into the realm of experiencing love with God and with others.
One of the most extraordinary prayers in the New Testament is the prayer of Jesus recorded in the seventeenth chapter of the gospel according to John. The not as yet crucified One prays, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gayest me to do” (John 17:4). Days before his crucifixion, he is stating that he had finished his work.
Day 27 meditation explains how Jesus finished his work “before” his crucifixion.
The understanding of this remarkable statement is contained in the internal structure of the prayer of Jesus. In the entire seventeenth chapter of John, Jesus refers to them, their, and they, his disciples, over forty times. Verse six illustrates, “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.” The implication seems to be that whatever else Jesus was to do during his earthly journey; he was to take a small group of people and train them for the monumental task of spearheading the gospel to the world.
It is helpful to understand what Jesus did to and for those given to him by the Father for this task. He manifested the Father’s name (John 17:6), gave them the words of the Father (John 17:8), prayed for them (John 17:9), was glorified in them (John 17:10), kept them in the name of the Father (John 17:12), sent them into the world (John 17:18), gave them glory (John 17:22). Finally, in closing the prayer he prayed “that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them” (John 17:26). The grace of God flowing from the Father through the Son (14:10) would transform this group of “unlearned and ignorant men” (Acts 4:13) into a force that would take the gospel to the world (Acts 17:6). They were not just a number; they were close intimate associates of Jesus. They were disciples of Jesus, yes, disciples of love.
Day 27 meditation explores love that is always creative.
With the coming of creative love into your life, you can be changed faster than what it takes to twinkle an eye. God taking us down in the interaction of a relationship (dying to our demands, rights, and privileges), Christ will come forth in the power of love changing our lives. Experiencing creative love, the dying to our demands, rights, and privileges are forgotten in the victory of a relationship that has come together in Jesus Christ.