Eyewitness: p. 233
Eyewitness Stories: John 17: 20-26
Message: John 17: 20-21
NLT: John 17: 22,23
In Your Bible; John 17: 20-26
Jesus prayed for all believers. Wow! He made sure everyone knew this was a special relationship that would carry on after he left. He wants all who believe to be one with him. When believers recognize the full meaning of this relationship it will inspire them.
Every Believer Who Receives Jesus
Jesus’ prayer is specific and very meaningful for us. Some think Jesus’ prayer is only for this small group of his disciples. That’s just the beginning. I believe it includes everyone today who is discipled in God’s Word and through the work of the Holy Spirit!
Jesus said, “I’m praying not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me because of them and their witness about me. The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you. . . (John 17:20,21 Message).
Jesus talks with the Father . . . “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them, as much as you love me” (John 17:22,23 NLT).
This unity is possible through the Holy Spirit who binds all believers together in love. It’s important—critical—to know that God loves every believer. It’s not about how much we love God. It is that he loved us before we even know him! Selah.
Jesus continues . . . “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I do. And these disciples know you have sent me. 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” (John 17:25,26 Eyewitness Stories).
When believers recognize the full meaning of this relationship it will inspire them.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the bond/seal of unity through the Holy Spirit.
Questions: What does it mean to you to be one with Jesus? How can you use these verses (John 17:25,26) to encourage others that they can be stronger in relationship to God?