Can anything equal the breath-taking tenderness of Jesus’ final request – “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24).
– Adapted from William Hendriksen
While he was on his deathbed, the Scottish Reformer John Knox had John 17 read to him every day. In the closing moments of his life, he testified that these verses continued to be a great comfort and a source of strength for him.
– James Montgomery Boice
In truth, Christ cannot lack you. Heaven would be no heaven to him, if you were not there.
You are his crown of beauty (Isaiah 62:4). You are the apple of his eye (Deuteronomy 32:10),
his treasured possession (Exodus 19:5), his portion (Deut. 32:9), and his bride (Rev. 21:9).
– Adapted from Robert Murray M’Cheyne
The Father has eternally enjoyed ‘the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature’ (Hebrews 1:3) in the Person of his Son. Seeing and savoring this glory is the goal of our salvation (John 17:24). To feast on this forever is the aim of our being created
and of our being redeemed.
– John Piper
Take me to you, imprison me, for I, Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
– John Donne