Before His arrest, Jesus gathered with His closest followers. After teaching them, He knew what was to come and so He prayed (John 17).
He prayed that God would be glorified through Him.
He thanked His Father for the privilege of unfolding the Father’s will in showing Himself to these closest followers. He prayed that they would have the full measure of His joy. He prayed that these followers would not be removed from the troubles of this world, but that they would be protected from the evil one. He prayed that they would be sanctified as He sent them into the world.
He prayed for those who would become followers of Him through these first followers’ proclamation. He prayed for unity within His followers, just as He and the Father experienced perfect unity. He prayed that the world would believe through the unity of the followers to come. He prayed that the love of God would fill them.
On the eve of his most brutal death, Jesus prayed. His prayers overflowed with thoughts for others. We live with God not only through the death and resurrection of Jesus, but by the intercession He made and continues to make for us. Eternity mixed with time as Jesus the eternal one prayed for you and me. His words echo forth into our lives even now.
[This post is part of a series of brief reflections from John’s Gospel on Jesus for the week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.]