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The prayer of Jesus (ii), John 17:6-19

9th Apr 2019

“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth. (NRSV)

 

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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.

Melody Del-bianco Byrne, Distance Learning student