Tuesday, 22 May 2012
22nd May 2012 John 17:1-11
Jesus Prays to Be Glorified
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
This is a prayer that almost begs; it has Jesus pleading with God for his glorification and his disciples' protection.
I am overwhelmed with a feeling of love from this passage; a love between Jesus and his disciples; and especially a love between him and God. Jesus is longing to be back with God as they had been for all time before he came to earth. It's a home coming, a long awaited reunion.
This is the love we get to be a part of, a love of eternity and complete acceptance. How can any of us resist?