Wednesday, March 19, 2014

He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again

Back in 2005, I wrote a post about John 17. It was during the weeks leading to Easter, just like now. Reflecting on John 17 is something I like to do every year. It's such a beautiful passage. Here is an abbreviated and modified version of that post.

Then as now, I am struck by the word "give," both what God gives and what Jesus gives:

God:
Has given Jesus authority over all flesh (v.2)
Gave work for Jesus to do (v. 4)
Gave Jesus people out of the world (v. 6, 9)
Gave words to Jesus (v. 8)
Has given Jesus His name (v. 11)
Has given Jesus glory (v. 21)

Jesus:
Gives eternal life to all who were given to Him (v. 2)
Gives the words God gave him to the people God gave to Him (v. 8)
Gives his disciples God’s words (v. 14)
Gives glory to those who will believe in Him through His disciples (v. 22)

Giving implies that the giver possess what he will give; therefore, God possess what He gives: glory; the words Jesus spoke; the people to whom Jesus spoke; His name. These were all given by God to Jesus because they were God’s to give. The reason He gave Jesus all of these things was so that Jesus could give them to us. We are the recipients of God’s Word and eternal life. We are not given the name of Jesus or God, but we are given the identity of being children of God. Someday, we will share fully in the glory God gave Jesus. We have done nothing to merit these things. We have not acquired them for ourselves; rather, they have been given to us.

After Jesus's prayer in John 17, he gave his life, the ultimate gift. It wasn’t taken from Him. It was given; given for me and you. The gift is for the here and now and for the future. Each day as we walk with Christ, we live in the light of his gift.

I am reminded of the song "He Giveth More Grace." The chorus says:
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure
His power no boundary known unto men.
For out of his infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again. 
This highlights the vast difference between God and us, his people. We have limits to what we can give. He has no limits. And this is our God. When we feel like we are empty, we really are not, because He has given us so much, and keeps on giving.

2 comments:

  1. Just beautiful Kim. What a wonderful Savior we've been given. I love that hymn too.

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