“After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you’”.-John 17:1 (New International Version)
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed… Even as the time to suffer a cursed death drew near, His only thoughts were of us: To pray for us.
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. At the hour of death, as He saw through His omniscience the agony that awaited Him, His only thought was to hold true to the plan for our salvation, His crowning glory.
And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.The world saw the vision of a savior differently: A ruler with a golden crown. He saw the Savior the world needed: The Ruler crowned with the glory of thorns piercing His scalp.
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.The immediate tests and persecutions were just around the corner. He called His Abba and cried out: “Remember, my Father, these You have given me—they are Yours!
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. We, His called, are not of this world, yet His prayer was not for us to skip through the hardships of this life. His prayer was for us to withstand the evil one…
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message… that our lives may be testimonies to those left behind that they, too, may experience the glory of His salvation.
I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.He prays ceaselessly for us, we are ever under His watchful gaze; we are ever under the umbrella of His love… we are ever held in the security of His tight embrace.
Jesus, our Great Intercessor, saw how we would hurt Him and how we would need Him. He prayed then. He came to us and chose a human life of hurt and want that He may show us how to live. He prayed then. He embraced cursed death that we may have eternal life and even as such agony drew near, His thoughts were of us. He prayed then. He prayed for those He called during His life as a Man. He prayed for those who would follow after them. And after them. And after them.
He continues to pray today. Our souls cheer in the knowledge that we are never really on our own because Jesus, our sweet Jesus, ever has us in His heart, in His prayers and in His loving gaze. Amen.