Summary: Who cares about what goes on in our lives and the lives of others? The good news is that Jesus cares and here he shows us why and how much He cares.
John 17: 6, 7
A Young School girl is kicked and beaten at Ballymena bus station by one of her school mates, whilst other young people stand and watch, some were scared the same would happen to them if they intervened, and others were joining in with the jeering. Who Cares? A crowd of yobs runs riot through Ballymena, breaking shop windows and throwing bricks at the police. Who Cares? 4 nurses are killed in a Presbyterian Mission Hospital in Pakistan by grenades thrown by an Islamic group. Who Cares? A widow sits all alone in her house, finding each hour getting longer and each day a little more unbearable. Who Cares? It is surely these attitudes that caused the great English statesman, William Gladstone, to write, "Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race." Robert Browning was obviously thinking of the result of such selfishness when he commented, "Man seeks his own good at the whole world’s cost." Selfishness seen in so much today, whether it is in our work, our homes, or even our prayers - maybe even when we are praying for someone else, "Help my wife to get better, so she can start doing the dishes again" or "Help my boss to become a Christian, so he won’t be so nasty". Jesus is not selfish, although for 5 verses here He prays for Himself (but this is always for His Father’s glory though), but now He prays for others. Who Cares? - Well as we shall discover here - God cares. He cares very much about our situations, our worries and our fears. Why?
1. God’s Belongings
From we are no height we are encouraged to write our names upon things that belong to us - clothes; books; toys. As we get older we keep an inventory in our heads of our belongings, stacking them up in order of value - houses, cars, gold, silver, china & wives!!
How would God’s inventory stack up? Surely we see the answer to that here. Jesus says that the disciples were originally God’s - that they belonged to Him. In an important sense, everything that exists is God’s. The cattle on a thousand hills is His, and we can give Him nothing He doesn’t already have. This is an important concept to understand, because people so often think, if I give Him this money, He’ll be pleased with me and reward me - or, If I give Him a couple of hours of worship on a Sunday, then He will be well pleased! We can give God nothing that He doesn’t already have. Since He has made everything and owns everything He can do with it what He pleases. From the tiniest atom to the greatest star, all that exists is God’s, for He made it originally, and ultimately controls it’s purpose and duration.
As God possesses all things in a general sense as the creator and sustainer, there is also a possession which is more specific. It is His possession of a holy people. They are special because of His election of them to salvation. This is surely what Christ is speaking of when He says,
v6 - "... the men whom You have given me out of the world. They were Yours ..." - This ought to come as a blessed comfort to all who are saved. Our salvation is nothing to do with our ability to choose and keep choosing to be good living, to keep the commandments, or even to trust in Christ for salvation. If we are saved it is because we are part of God’s great purposes and have become His possession. We belong to God, not just because He made us, but also because He chose to save us.