I saw this verse as if NEW today, as I was focused on what Jesus did after his resurrection. I absolutely must share it with others. It is so simple, yet so profound.
I “really saw” the second half of this verse, containing Jesus’ own words to Mary, before he ascended, yet after he arose: John 20:17b
“…go to my brethren, and say unto them: I ascend to MY Father, and YOUR Father and to MY God, and YOUR God.
Do you see what Jesus did through the resurrection? from just these words He told Mary to speak and spread to all his brethren, i.e. Believers?
Clearly, Jesus wants us all to know that WE, through what He did for us, have the same “claim” as He did to Father and to God now. God is OURS. We are HIS. We are now RECONCILED. We are “family” now. Jesus, is our brother… and God, is now not only Christ’s Father, but is now Our Father too.
To personalize this… you can say “My Father” just like Jesus did…and you can say “My God” just as Jesus did when He walked the earth. You are given RELATIONSHIP through the RESURRECTION. This is indeed eternal life.
Do you know what eternal life IS? Let’s look at John 17:3-4 , again Jesus’ own words:
”And this IS Eternal Life, that they might KNOW THEE the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
He is YOUR FATHER and YOUR GOD. (Thank you Jesus, for reconciling us, and making us a part of the Family of God, built on relationship.)
Now, are you enjoying this incredible PRIVILEGE?
That you have a Father and He is GOD?
Do we KNOW them? God and Christ?
Let’s look at this verse: , again Jesus’s words:
“I pray for them. I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.”
Take Ownership… God has taken it of us.. and we are to take ownership of God. That’s what these words communicate: yours, mine. They communicate “ownership”. They communicate “relationship”. They communicate “belonging”. Let me give you an illustration:
If you were at a wedding, you may be one of the men watching the bride walk down the aisle and would say within themselves, “She is a lovely bride.” BUT if you were the groom, you would look upon her differently, very intimately, and say of her ”She is MY lovely bride” and the relationship is one of ownership: He is hers, she is his.
The same is true of the Godhead. Do you look upon Father as YOUR Father? and upon God as YOUR God? In Christ HE (GOD) is yours!
ENJOY THE FATHER AND THE SON. THEY ARE “FAMILY”…as are our brothers and sisters IN CHRIST. Have “relationship” with them. This is eternal life.