Sunday, September 12, 2021
20-23 I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way, you’ve loved me.
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24-26 Father, I want those you gave me
To be with me, right where I am,
So they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me,
Having loved me
Long before, there ever was a world.
Righteous Father, the world has never known you,
But I have known you, and these disciples know
That you sent me on this mission.
I have made your very being known to them—
Who you are and what you do—
And continue to make it known,
So that your love for me
Might be in them
Exactly as I am in them.
-John 17:20-26 The Message
Jesus Prays for Future Believers
Verse 20: “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
Verse 21: that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent me.
Verse 20 study: Jesus went into detail praying for future followers. The things he prayed for should let us have the confidence to carry out his work and give us the belief that we work for his kingdom. He prayed for unity (17:11), protection from the evil one (17:15), and sanctity holiness (17:17).
Verse 22: The glory which you have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
Verse 23: I in them and you in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
Verse 24: Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
Verse 25: O righteous Father, although the world has not to know You, yet I have known You; these have known that You sent Me;
Verse 26: And I have made Your name known to them and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Verses 21-23 study: As promised on Friday, more on unions. Jesus asks of us if we are unifying the body of Christ, the church. Jesus’ wish is for his disciples to become one. That is a powerful witness to God’s love. Pray for others, avoid gossiping, help build up others, work together in humility, give your time and money, exalt Christ, and make sure you don’t get sidetracked arguing over divisive matters. This is why Jesus prayed for us followers. Christians know all about unity among themselves if we live as Christians as a union. Think of the vine. Each branch in a union is united with other branches doing the exact same thing.
Father, a union in churches, is complicated in a lot of churches. Some personalities come into play, politics that come into the works, and titles. But, nevertheless, let us be a union to the same goal and not to one individual goal. That is what separates the church and Christian people. In Jesus’ name. Amen!