Jesus’s prayer to His Father, and our God also, is one of the most beautiful verses in all of scripture. And because of this, I will have to break up this chapter in John, chapter 17, in different messages because of all the amazing content therein. Today we will start our study on verse 8. It reads, “for I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:8-13) isn’t this so beautiful? It sure is, for it talks about us and those in the faith. The Lord God doesn’t wish for anyone to be lost in this life. Therefore, He came to save those who will call upon His Name for salvation. Amen.
Jesus has given us the words that will lead us to eternal life. His elect listen to Him in prayer and read His Words in the Bible for guidance. Those who receive Jesus as Lord also knows that the Father sent Him to save us. Jesus is praying for those who have received Him, not those people who are of the world. The Father has specifically sent Jesus to minister to His elect, for we are His, which He is able to guide us in all truth through the Holy Spirit. Every person that has made Jesus the Lord of their lives is also the Father’s. The glorify of our Lord comes from His believers also. Although Jesus went up to be with the Father, He asked the Father that He would keep us on the right path which leads to eternal life. He asks this that we might become one in faith, as Jesus and the Father are one. While Jesus was in the world, He kept His people close to Him, of which the Father chose. None of them was lost, for they had Jesus with them. It is Jesus’s prayer to the Father that His followers, then and throughout all the centuries thereafter, will experience His love. Then, can His joy be fulfilled in their lives. My friends, we are promised that if Jesus has us, then we are not lost. He is keeping every person who loves Him on His path of righteousness, which leads to heaven. Do you love Jesus? If so, then come unto Him today and forever. This is unto salvation and eternal life in heaven.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will keep Your hand of mercy upon my life at all times. Though You are in heaven now, the Holy Spirit is here now, that we might know the truth and follow it also. I wish I could see You, Lord, but as long as I can see You after this life is done, know that I am anxiously waiting for that day. Will You allow me to run into Your arms? I really hope so, for I want to hug You, my Father. I know that many people have rejected You, but I can never understand this. How people can allow the corruption of this world into their lives, where true treasures come from You above. One day in judgment, fear will fall upon every unbeliever and vile sinner. Where Your true believers will rejoice just to see You and be in Your presence. It will not be a time of regret, but a time of rejoicing. For You have chosen us from the foundations of this world. Because of Your sacrifice on the cross, there is forgiveness for our sins. Thank You, Jesus. Your mercy endures forever. Because of Your love for me, I have been able to experience Your great joy which lasts forever. Lord, keep me on Your righteous path until my last breath. I wish to leave this life strong in the faith. Don’t allow temptations to take me down, but lead me far from the enemy. I wish to follow You instead. I adore You, God. You are my greatest joy of all. I give You praise and honor. I love You. Amen.