Read John 17:1-13
This is commonly called the “High Priestly Prayer” of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane right before He was arrested. In verse 13, Jesus again mentions His desire for us to experience the fullness of His joy.
But in the context of this prayer, what would bring us the greatest joy? Yesterday it was focusing on the cross.
Today, it comes in a full appreciation of God’s sovereign election.
In verses 2, 6, and 9, we find out that the Father has given a people to Jesus to be His very own. This “people” is in fact “us”—believers, Christians, saints. Before the foundation of the world, God elected or chose us to be saved and gave us as a “love gift” to His Son, Jesus.
Read Ephesians 1:3-8
When we think about the amazing truth that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world and that Jesus died specifically for us on the cross, we are sent to our knees in humility and awe and humble adoration and inexpressible joy.
Being in the secure grip of our heavenly Father through sovereign election should bring us great joy because we know that He planned our salvation in eternity past and holds us in the grip of His hand and will ensure that we experience our future salvation in heaven.
Read John 10:28-29
We are in the “double” grip of both Jesus and the Father. When Jesus says that we will never perish, He uses the strongest wording possible in the Greek language to emphasize the permanence of our salvation.
Think about this profound truth: God the Father chose us before the foundation of the world and we are in His grip, Jesus purchased our salvation on the cross and we are in His grip, and the Holy Spirit came and took up residence in our hearts as God’s deposit that we would go to heaven and we are in His grip.
The Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) holds us securely in a powerful grip and nothing will separate us from God’s love in Christ. This should again drive us to our knees in joyful worship.
It should produce within us a joy that really can’t be put into words.
Read 1 Peter 1:8-9
Resting solidly in the electing love and protection of our great God produces within us an unshakeable confidence and peace in His love and mercy. This in turn manifests itself in an overwhelming joy in our salvation. A joy that cannot be taken away from us. A joy that is to be like a cup running over. A joy that is inexpressible.
A joy in the firm foundation of Christ.
Again, ponder the words of another famous hymn and let this be your prayer to the Father today. Take the words of the hymn and pray them back to Him in your own words.
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?
Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.