January 7, 2015

Real Life Discipleship Overview

John 17:1-5
It was the day before Jesus’ crucifixion. He had supper with the twelve disciples. Afterward, he went out as he often did to talk with his father in prayer. Jesus knew the cross was coming. Look at his words: so intense, so full of purpose, so focused. Basically, Jesus said, “It’s all about you, Father. I did what you sent me to do. I finished the work.”

Did I read that correctly? It’s BEFORE the crucifixion, yet Jesus said he had COMPLETED the work he was sent to do.

Many people believe Jesus came primarily to die on the cross and to be resurrected. Yet, 17:4 records Jesus saying he had already accomplished the work he was sent to do. What had Jesus accomplished?

Pastor Jim Putman writes: “Jesus had completed the work of making disciples. The disciples were ready. All they needed was the Holy Spirit to come, and then they were ready to go and make more disciples” (Real-Life Discipleship Manual, 12). Jesus not only told us what to do, he showed us.