Some of the most powerful passages in the Gospels are found in these chapters
In John 15 Christ talks about the vine and the branches, a beautiful metaphor that perfectly depicts our relationship with Him and our utter dependence upon Him.
In John 16 He talks about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as believers and how we are to overcome the world because of what Christ has done for us.
In John 17 we read the High Priestly Prayer of Christ, one of the only extended sessions of prayer we are given from Christ’s life. A prayer in which He cries out on our behalf, that we would share intimacy with the Father and the Son and that we would be in the world, but not of it.
In John 18-19 we read of Jesus’ mock trial and crucifixion, where He took your sins and mine on Himself and suffered God’s wrath for the glory of the Father and our deliverance.
We are wrapping up our readings in the Gospels with these chapters and preparing to enter the story of the beginning of the church in the book of Acts. We must understand that everything we know and have experienced in the history of the church is based on the stories we read in these four Gospels. Everything depends upon what we read in these last chapters.
Think about it. We know Christ and live the life of His disciples, because of what He has done as described for us in the Gospels. These are our stories as God’s people. Without them, we cannot possibly understand what it means to be a Christian.
As we read these chapters, I pray that we would let the truth and power of these stories awaken us to a deeper reverence and appreciation for what Christ has done. May His teachings and prayers, and death awaken in us a depth of worship and joy. I pray that these stories would never become “old” or so familiar that they lose their power to move us to delight in the One who loves us.
Everything else depends on the fact that what is described in these chapters is real.