When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me."
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." -John 17:3
This series of reflections is called “even as I have been fully known”. I think it’s appropriate because there is a deep human (but God-given) longing within us to be fully known. In short, this is how I would define ‘intimacy’. To be fully known and know.
The gospel is fundamentally a restoration of intimacy. In this verse (and the surrounding ones) Jesus talks about eternal life in this way. He says “this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” He prays to His Father that he has completed the work that was given to Him (v. 4). God’s mission was to make a way for eternal life (intimacy with God) to be accomplished and granted to His people. There was no other way for this but through the perfect life, death (and bearing of our wrath) of Jesus, and resurrection (conquering sin and death) of Jesus!
So think with me about the title. “Even as I have been fully known.” We fear being fully known many times, because there are dark and ugly parts of all of our hearts. We try and keep certain things out of the light because we think others will reject us if they see it. We do this with our Father too. But today (and everyday) we celebrate an intimacy with Him that Jesus purchased that can never be taken away. Every dark and ugly part of our heart, every sinful thought and action of yours, has been absorbed and forgiven on the cross, and Jesus has bestowed upon you His righteousness. We celebrate this great exchange today.
So, if you trust and rest in Christ as your Savior, Lord, and Treasure, let these truths sing over your soul:
Even as I have been fully known - I am loved
Even as I have been fully known - I am a child of God
Even as I have been fully known - God does not regret saving me
Even as I have been fully known - God works in and thru me for His glory
Even as I have been fully known - I have received grace upon grace
Even as I have been fully known - His Spirit dwells in me
Even as I have been fully known - God delights in me
Even as I have been fully known - I can know my God today and eternally. (Jn. 17:3)
Written by Jake Mitchell