Have you imagined how tender that great prayer of Jesus for His disciples have been? Can you imagine Jesus Himself praying for you? What a great privilege those men had. However, there is good news, and is that Jesus also prayed for us in that pleasant moment. I believe that our greatest privilege is that Christ is our Owner and that He in His eternal mercy has chosen us. Glory to God for this!
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
John 17:9-13 (KJV)
In the previous verses we realize that Jesus prays such a prayer because His death was near. He knew that the hour, the great moment of pain was approaching, and the last thing He does is entrust the Father to those whom He has given them.
Jesus says in His sublime prayer: “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world”. I believe that there was no person who knew more about the hardships suffered in this miserable world than Jesus Himself, He had suffered way too much, He knew the price He had to pay, all the vituperations that were to come for His disciples, He was an expert in paying the great price. But now He will no longer be in this world, but His disciples have a great commission to fulfill, a great challenge and Jesus knew what they were going to suffer and that is why He says to the Father: “I do not ask that you take them from the world, but keep you from evil” (v.15).
Jesus knows our problems, our situations, the dangers where we are often involved, and no one but Him knows how painful the process usually is. But let us listen to His beautiful voice, His beautiful prayer, whispering in our ears: “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world”(V.18). Do you realize? We have been entrusted to a great work, and even if we go through, who has sent us has promised to be with us until the end (Matt. 28:20).
Jesus ends His great prayer by saying to the Father:
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
John 17:26 (KJV)
We have this great privilege that the world does not have: We know the name of Jesus, He has promised us to know Him even more, the love of the Father is in us”. Isn’t this great, dear reader.
May the love of the Father be with us and may the tender voice of the Man of Sorrows be heard at every moment of our lives.