Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Jesus invites us to join God’s eternal life!
It is eternal, not only because it obviously lasts forever. It is also eternal because of the quality of that kind of life.
It is a life that only comes through knowing God and His Son. A life filled with the enduring qualities of God – love, joy, peace, and all the many other wonderful characteristics of His own life!
This is the greatest opportunity that could ever be presented to a human being. And for this purpose Jesus came into the world. So now He prays - Father, the time has come.
Jesus knows the cross is immediately in front of Him. But He also knows about the resurrection. How strong is His own longing to return to the fullness of the glorious life He shared with the Father from before the beginning of time!
But He does not plan to return to heaven empty handed. The purpose and mission of the Teacher has always been to open the possibility of eternal life for others to share.
Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
Jesus not only provides the way to this life, he invites and shows the way to a quality of living that can only be described as the life God has always lived -Eternal Life!
Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Becoming a student of Jesus opens the way to the very life of God. In this process we fulfill what it means to be made in the image of God, become more like Him and ultimately live with Him. This is eternal life.