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Sunday Rest and Reflection:John 17

Dear Friends,

Greeting on this day of rest in the finished work of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!  He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and the punishment that brought us peace fell upon Him!  By His stripes we are healed!  We have a great King to worship!

As I look back over this past week, there are many passages of Scripture that we did not get to look into.  One of the most encouraging chapters is the prayer of Jesus for Himself, His disciples, and all who would believe as a result of their witness.  This prayer is the longest recorded of Jesus Christ in the Bible.  It is given as Jesus approached the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He was crucified.

Jesus begins this prayer by looking up to heaven and addressing His Father.  He is aware that, and states that, the time had come for His final work.  His prayer acknowledged that God had given Him authority to give eternal life to those who believed on Him.  Eternal life involved knowing the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son.  Jesus asked the Father to glorify Him in His presence with the glory He had enjoyed before the world began. (John 17:1-5)  Wow!  What a personal request for Jesus to ask of His Father!

Jesus then prays for the disciples.  He asks the Father to protect His followers who will remain in the world.  This protection would come through the power of God’s name and the unity of Father and Son that they would themselves enjoy.  (John 17:6-19)  Jesus wanted them to be kept from the evil one, Satan, and given a full measure of His joy.  He also wanted them to be sanctified in the Truth of God’s word.  The reason for this was the mission that Jesus had given them to go into the world to preach and make disciples.

Finally, Jesus prays for the believers down through history until He comes again.  (John 17:20-26)  Jesus prayed for all to be one, brought into complete unity as He and the Father were in unity.  Jesus prayed that all who would believe would be with Him where He was to behold His glory.  The power of this prayer is drawing each one of us heavenward.  We are being prayed for even now!  The best is yet to come!

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