Prayer: Gracious and merciful God, teach me your ways through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
Seventh Sunday of Easter
4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.
Our devotion writer writes today about paths, roads, that we walk along in our travel through life. He references the Via Egnatia. The Roman road that connect Rome and northern Greece, All the way to Istanbul. The stones of this road are worn smooth from centuries of travel. Ox carts and chariots left deep ruts. In the vision of this road, he sees like a path of life. Traveled by kings and rulers and even Apostles there must be millions of stories. This includes Paul’s travels to Thessalonica and Philippi.
Today we also remember Jesus’ ascension. He had walked His path…the path God laid for Him. His mission on earth was completed, finished. It was time for those who He taught to walk their own God inspired paths. Our devotion writer points out that sometimes we stumble on a path, ignorant of how we got there and where it was going, but it ends in a new life. A path where Jesus leads us. A path that we don’t walk alone, but with family and friends and mentors. And indeed, with our Savior at our side and His Holy Spirit. It is a synod (or “to walk together”).
Our devotion writer writes; “We follow Jesus, the Way, and dedicate our days to glorifying God and finishing the work that is ours to do.”
Prayer: “Inspire me, O Lord, to walk in trust and hope wherever you lead, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
17 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6 “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.