Hints of the Future
We have it so good! If we only realize that Jesus is in us and we in Him!
8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
…9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
… 26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
… 29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Solomon was under the Old Covenant, yet he had glimpses of what it would be like under the New Covenant. God was– and is– all about relationship. It would seem, though, that God was passive in His approach to people, waiting and watching to see who would pursue a relationship with Him through obedience.
The New Covenant is all about God pursuing us! Jesus left heaven (John 17:5) and came to earth to provide a way for God to live in us. WOW!
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20-21
There are several things we can learn from this passage:
1. Jesus had us in mind as He prayed that night! That’s inspiring and humbling at the same time.
2. He established how future believers would come to know Him: through the testimony of others.
3. We all are joined together by His Spirit in Him. That connection is a blessing and a “curse” in that we call on it during times of trial, but chafe against it when we want to disregard Christ and do things our way. Actually, it’s a blessing both ways. 🙂
4. Here is the Gospel presented before Christ even went to the Cross! Jesus told us what the draw would be before it even happened: Christ in us and us in Christ. THIS is the Goal of the Cross.
As we walk through this holy week, may we take time to consider Christ’s Plan and how we fit into it.
Included is a link to a chronology of the Passion Week. Passion Week
I hope that you will follow along each day and enjoy the confirmation of His Spirit in you. May we be forever grateful for His wonderful Plan!