In John 17 verse 1 to 26 Jesus lift up his face and begins to speak directly to God and makes a declaration that sets the stage of how we relate to one another as believers. I’ll share a few thoughts from that today.
Safety & Protection
First, on the list on Jesus Christ’s prayer for us believers is protection. In verse 11 he asks that God the Father protects us by the power of his name from the evil one. In times such as these, we are reminded how timeless this prayer was.
Who was Christ praying for?
The short answer is;
Those who acknowledged his death.
It’s important to note that Christ made it clear that he was not praying for just anyone but for those who love the Lord that is to say those who claim the Lord as their Savior. Another reminder of the significance of the cross and how it adopts us into full communion with the Lord. Speaking of which…
To be ONE in the body of Christ
The second powerful prayer from Christ in John is that believers become one just as Christ and the Father. In verse 20 he says his prayer is not for us to be alone but that all those that believe in him maybe one.
When we are saved, Christ is within us so that we may be brought to complete unity as the church; note that I didn’t say denomination.
To be in God’s Presence
This might have been the most powerful and yet relatable part of the prayer from Christ. In verse 24 he says;
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
1 John 17 vs 24 NIV
Here Christ reminds us who He truly is, God’s first son and true to the nature of an heir. He knows the value and necessity of the sacrifice he is to make and does not want it to be in vain.
Sanctify the Church
Christ prayed that the Lord should sanctify His church but not in any ordinary way but;
by the truth of his word.
Christ went as far as to declare that he himself needed to be truly sanctified.
Christ wanted us to remember His sacrifice for our own good
Christ truly wanted to pour his life and his death into God’s children. In verses 25 -26 he pleads with God the father rather emotionally and passionately.
John 17:25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
The human elements of Christ at this point are hard to miss. Not only did He not want his death forgotten because due to its power and symbolism for humanity but Christ ends His prayer by holding God to his word and his promise.
Yes! Even Jesus Christ himself held his father accountable to His word. The Lord made a promise to Christ and this promise is our reality. Christ who was is and was a symbol of sacrifice is right now seated on the right hand of God and shares in His glory. Because of this, Christ is a symbol of God’s faithfulness.