Night had fallen. The death angel would soon appear. Jesus would face his greatest temptations. He would suffer betrayal, arrest, abuse, accusations, mocking, and crucifixion. He would experience separation from his heavenly Father. Yet, Jesus lifted his eyes toward heaven and prayed for himself, for his disciples, and he prayed for you and me.
We were in his heart that night when he prayed –
“Neither pray I for these alone,
but for them also
which shall believe on me through their word.”
He prayed in complete confidence his work on the cross would not be in vain but would reach beyond the Jews and around the world. It would reach to all who –
Shall believe on me through their word…
“Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed;
and the number of the men was about five thousand…
For the scripture saith,
WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
for the same Lord over all
is rich unto all that call upon him. For
WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD
SHALL BE SAVED.”
Acts 4:4; Romans 10:11-13
Jesus set his heart on me, upon you, and all who would believe. His desire for us was and is that we –
“all may be one… I in them, and thou in me…made perfect in one… the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (from John 17:21-16)
Jesus wants to pour his love into you and me.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me…
This is the glory Christ wants to share with us.
“Father, I will that they also, who thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory …
“But we all, with open face
beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord…
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,
hath shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power my be of God, and not of us.”
2 Corinthians 3:18; 4:6,7
In Jesus’s prayer he reveals his heart for you, me, and the world. He has chosen us to reveal his glory to the world through his love living in our hearts.
He wants that –
“the world my know that thou (God) hast sent me (Jesus), and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me…that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26
Jesus declared the Father’s love and glory to us. He has left us with the awesome privilege of declaring his love and glory to a world sitting in darkness. We are the church, the body of Christ filled with the Spirit of Christ – a spirit of love and glory. May we walk as one with Christ until at last Jesus’s final desire is met that we may –
be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory …
And our voices will join that of the multitudes –
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude,
which no man could number,
of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,
stood before the throne, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands:
And cried with a loud voice, saying,
SALVATION TO OUR GOD WHICH SITTETH UPON THE THRONE,
AND UNTO THE LAMB.”
As Christ held us in his heart before we were born, he keeps us in his heart now and forever. May we –
“walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,
and hath given himself for us
an offering and a sacrifice to God
for a sweetsmelling savour.”
What feelings or thoughts run through your mind when you think of Jesus praying for you that night?