The Lamb’s Desire!
Jesus lifts his eyes to his Father in prayer and declares his most holy intentions.
John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also whom you gave me may be with me where I am, to see my Glory”.
Jesus strikes at the heart of our greatest longing to know that we are desired and loved by God. Jesus was telling the Father that he desires us to be near Him, not at a distance, but close like a bridegroom and a bride. The Bible begins and ends with a wedding. Our relationship with Jesus goes beyond contractual agreement and faithful obedience. It is to be typified by fervent, ardent love and longing like a bridegroom and a bride have for one another. He longs for a partner not a mere subject in His kingdom. In fact, at the end of the book of Revelation the bride of Christ is crying out, “Come, Lord Jesus!” We are certainly the children of God, but we are also the bride of Christ, betrothed to Him in love. The covenant from heaven’s perspective between God and man is not defined as a service agreement but as a marriage covenant.
We love a king who will not sell out his people for wealth and power but who will humbly serve the people even unto death. The movie Braveheart is a great example of this. We love a husband who fights for the heart, honor, and nobility of his bride, even to the point of death. Many times we push him away, but the statement of Christ from the cross is, “You’re the one I want.” In Jesus we have an unwavering King and companion who will give up His life for love. Beloved, even now, Jesus maintains a resurrected human body forever. He has forever joined himself to us in love!
The Father and Son are in agreement. The Father wants to give his Son a bride and the Son desires to have a bride, an eternal companion and voluntary lover! She would be in full partnership with his leadership, adorned with His beauty, and seated with him in heavenly places! As Jesus stared at the criminal, his eyes stinging from blood, sweat and tears, a river of desire flowed from his heart, “today you will be with me in paradise.” Do you see him today?