Part four of a series.
Jesus said, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony” (John 17:20 New Living Translation).
Eyewitness: p. 233
In Your Bible: John 17:20-26
Jesus Prays for ALL Believers
Jesus made it clear that he wanted all people to hear his message and come to know his Father. He desired all believers to be with him and see the glory God gave him. He appealed to the Father, “Let them be of one spirit, as we are” (Eyewitness John 17:21a). Jesus closed this prayer, with… “I have shown them who you are and will continue to make you known so your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them” (Eyewitness John 17:26).
What is Next?
Jesus dedicated himself to the needs of the disciples in the task he set before them after he prayed for them. He told them again what to do and assured them that he would be with them. The verses at the end of Matthew and Mark give the most complete commands he gave the disciples.
Jesus said, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth”…
- Make disciples of all the nations.
- Baptize believers in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Teach these new disciples to obey all my [Jesus’] commands I have given you.
- And be sure of this I will be with you always,even to the end of the age.
(List from Matthew 28:18-20 New Living Translation).
Application: Jesus told the disciples the plan he and his Father expected. He told the disciples to do these things they must be of one spirit – reminding them he and the Father are one. Just before Jesus departure from earth, he gave them encouragement and more instructions on what their task on earth was. Glory!
Prayer: Father, thank you for not leaving believers alone and for giving us a task for your glory. You are amazing.
Question: Is it difficult to understand how dedicated Jesus was to the task set before him and us? Do we remember what Jesus wants us to do? He commanded us to love one another. How do we do that?