Insanity, Blasphemy, or Deity?

Have you settled the issue in your mind concerning who Jesus really is? His high priestly prayer starts in John 17:1-5. Listen to his prayer: "After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people … Continue reading Insanity, Blasphemy, or Deity?

The Ultimate Hindrance to Our Church’s Mission

I came across this challenging quote in my study of Jesus' High Priestly Prayer in John's Gospel. What do you think of John Milne’s comment on John 17:21 and 23? “The biggest barriers to effective evangelism according to the prayer of Jesus are not so much outdated methods, or inadequate presentations of the gospel, as … Continue reading The Ultimate Hindrance to Our Church’s Mission

Jesus’ Ultimate Desire for You – John 17:24

Before the final conflict of the cross is engaged, one final ministry remains for Jesus to perform: the vital work of prayer. In John 17, He prays first for himself, secondly for his original band of disciples, and lastly he prays for us (those who believe in him through their word). This is the most … Continue reading Jesus’ Ultimate Desire for You – John 17:24

The Biggest Barrier to Reaching People with the Gospel

John Milne, in his commentary on John's Gospel, writes: “The biggest barrier to effective evangelism according to the prayer of Jesus is not so much outdated methods, or inadequate presentations of the gospel, as realities like gossip, insensitivity, negative criticism, jealousy, backbiting, an unforgiving spirit, a root of bitterness, failure to appreciate others, self-preoccupation, greed, … Continue reading The Biggest Barrier to Reaching People with the Gospel

The Purpose of Jesus’ Prayer in John 17

Jesus' high priestly prayer in John 17 serves as a pattern of His intercession that He carries on for us in heaven now. It also serves as an example for our own prayer life. In a nutshell, what Christ asks for us, we should ask for ourselves. “Jesus here shows teachers an example, that they … Continue reading The Purpose of Jesus’ Prayer in John 17