Verse of the day.
“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
It was a distressing time for the disciples. The One whom they had been following for about three years in the hopes that He was the promised Messiah, had just told them He was going to die. They had left all to follow this Man, believed every word He told them about a coming Kingdom and now all that seemed to be vanishing right before their eyes.
It didn’t make it any easier that He plainly told them how much they would suffer. To put it simply, they were confused. Nothing added up, nothing made sense. They had been so sure of Jesus’ intentions, so confident in His power and bold utterances.
Until now you have asked nothing in my name
While Jesus was with them, there were certain things He shielded them from (John 16:4). They were able to access deep spiritual truths (albeit with little understanding), get needed provision, receive miracles and generally access the Father through the presence of Jesus. They did not ask in His name because they didn’t need to.
Jesus knew His absence was going to bring so many trials for them, He knew how much their faith would need to be tested and how there were even greater depths they needed to step into when He was gone. Now Jesus was telling them to ask in His name; this simply meant He was leaving His name to act on His behalf.
His name is our access to the Father, a seal of whom we belong to and a testimonial of His will. The name of Jesus calls forth all that Jesus is and represents.
And you will receive
The timing was very deliberate; right when God was about to showcase His extravagance when He displayed His sacrifice of Love and the time Christ was given “a name above all others”.
“He who did not spare His Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
What more assurance is there that when we ask we would receive? What greater confidence do we need? When a person has given the greatest of all they own, do we doubt or even consider if they would want to give something lesser? The mere thought is ridiculous!
We are in those days Jesus spoke of: the time of great trials and even greater privilege. It is in these times the Father is even more accessible to us than He was when Jesus hadn’t gone to the Father. It is in these days we are able to step into depths and dimensions the disciples couldn’t access when Jesus hadn’t been glorified. Now is the time we see and walk in His glory that has been revealed through His death and resurrection. How can we neglect so great a salvation?
So, there is a call now to the fullness of joy that comes when we access what God has for us, in the name of Jesus.
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Lord, I daily walk into the full salvation your name has provided for me.
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