Let’s continue looking at Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17. We now read the following:
6 “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. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 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. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 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. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
There is so much in the Lord’s prayer here, isn’t there? Several truths jump out at me as I think about the words He prayed. Notice, first of all, that we are the Father’s gift to the Son (v. 6). The Father “gave” the disciples (and us) out of the world. Jesus sees us as a GIFT of the Father to Himself. Second, notice the astounding statement Jesus makes about His disciples: “and they have obeyed your word” (v. 6). When? Where? When I read the gospels I see complaining, unbelief, dissension, lack of trusting Him to provide for them. But He saw their hearts.
Please notice, lastly this morning, the undeniable connection between the Father and the Son (vv. 6-8). Jesus often emphasized His relationship with the Father. He spoke the Father’s words. He was doing the Father’s work. Everything He had came from the Father. It was the Father who sent Him to the earth. The unique unity between the Father and the Son was often highlighted by the Lord Jesus, to such a degree that it got Him executed!
A prayer for today: “Lord Jesus, I praise You for Who You are. For Your relationship with the Father. For Your willingness to obey His Word. Help me today to live as the Father’s gift to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.” (to be continued)