Our scripture this morning is John 16:25-28.
“I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”
Jesus spends His last hours on earth with His disciples, teaching them what they will need in order to stand faithfully and carry on His ministry here. Scholars call this lesson in John 14-17 the Farewell Discourse, which happens after the Last Supper and before they go to the Garden of Gethsemane. Here He speaks of God’s love for them and that He will soon return to the Father.
In verse 26 He tells them “Then you will ask in my name”, a sign that we can go to God ourselves. There won’t be a need for any other intermediary, the name of Jesus will be all sufficient. He came as the final sacrifice, willing to give Himself up to save us.
His words come down through time to us, and they apply to us just as they did to the disciples who walked with Him. Jesus came from the Father for us and He returns to the Father for us. In His name we can ask all things and we go in His name to continue the saving work He has left for us.
Gracious God, we are thankful for the gift of our savior, Jesus Christ. Help us to live in Your love, sharing this blessing of grace with everyone. Amen.