The well known question and answer to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q & A 1:
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
Suppose you could have asked Jesus Christ, “What is your chief end?” You begin to get an answer to that as you listen to Christ’s high priestly prayer in John 17. Last night in our Bible study/prayer time at Trinity Presbyterian Church we looked at the first five verses of that chapter. Dare you listen in here? As Jesus prays out loud, John hears that prayer and records it in his Gospel so that you and I can get a glimpse into this most intimate of conversations, God the Son speaking to his Father. Who is worthy to listen in—except that the Spirit included this so that you can hear Jesus pray. He prays first about himself (John 14:1-5), then about his disciples (John 17:6-19), and finally about those who would believe in time to come—in short, about you and me (John 17:20-26). Continue reading