The prayer of Jesus (ii), John 17:6-19
9th Apr 2019
The motto, Ut Omnes Unum Sint, “ May they all be one,” taken from the Gospel of Saint John, was the motto adopted by my High School. I always believed it was taken from Alexander Dumas’ novel, The Three Musketeers: “ All for one and one for all.”
But not so.
We have examples of great prayers in the Bible; the prayer of Abraham; Moses;David; Zechariah; Hannah;Elizabeth and Mary, to name but a few. But this is a prayer from Jesus, In communication with His Father, about His Disciples, about us, and about how to make The Father known through the Son, Jesus Christ.
It is known as Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. Speaking of Jesus, Hebrews says “such a High Priest truly meets our need, one who is holy, blameless, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:26)
In this prayer, of St John, 17:6-19 Jesus speaks with the Father, in His humanity, showing concern, and petitions on our behalf, to bring us into His holy Family: “ Keep those You have given Me true to Your Name, so that they may be One like Us.”
In this prayer, Jesus uses the power of the Name Of God; proclaimed in the gospels, bringing power, protection and unity to His family so that His community can resist the world which hates and persecutes them.
Koinonia of the Disciples, with each other and with their Lord, is available today, to all Believers everywhere,and in every age. The children of God, united around the Name of Jesus, will never be conquered! (Philippians 2:11)
Jesus speaks of joy: “That they may share my joy to the full.”
Even though Believers are in the world, they are not OF the world; As they spend time in prayer with the Father, through the Son, fellowshipping and praying-with one another, then focus of carrying on the Mission of Jesus will give-rise to true, full and lasting joy!
“Sanctify them by the truth, your Word is truth” Jesus implores belief in Himself as The Word; to bring ultimate Truth, with cleansing and a washing of the Word as it is read and heard and memorised. (Ephesians 5:26)
Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformer said this; “ The sending of the Son to and for each of us, gives the Christian confidence of the Father’s favour, so as to leave nothing to us to behold, but an immeasurable and inexhaustible ocean of love and mercy.”
Be assured then, that the family of God are saved eternally by the eternal prayers of Jesus Christ the Son, ”who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:24), and ”an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” (1 John 2:1)
Come to the Father, and experience the power of His Name.
Come to The Son and imbibe in His Peace and Love.
Come to The Holy Spirit and be led and comforted by the dearest of Friends.
Come to the Godhead and be made One.