We have discussed some beautiful interactions that Jesus had with his friends those hours before he was betrayed. The apostles now were going to be witness of a most sacred prayer between Christ and God. (Found in John 17)
They were for sure standing on holy ground as Jesus prayed in earnest about many things. The first being to be glorified by the Father as he knew what was to come; the work he was sent to do was almost completed and he would glorify God through it all, as he had always done.
Jesus’ compassionate pleas continued as he prayed for the apostles to be protected and unified, to know truth and posses joy. He had protected them while he was on earth and he asked his Father to continue to as they carried out the message of salvation to the world. He prayed that they would be made holy by God’s truth and to know the Word.
The tender prayers of Christ did not end with those that were with him; no they extended to future Christians…to those who would believed through the apostle’s message…to you and me.
Jesus prayed for you hours before going to the cross. He prayed thoughtfully for us all to be one, just as he and the Father are one, giving us the glory that God gave Jesus. His desire is for us to be in unity so we can let the world know that God sent Christ and that he loves us as he loves his Son. Try to comprehend that God loves you as he loves his Son. You were on the mind of Christ before his death and during his death. You are the reason he was sent by his Father and the reason why Christ was killed in a most savage way on the cross. His desire is for you to be saved from your death and sin…to live with him forever.
The magnitude of Jesus’ most pure and divine love should move us deeply to a change in our lives. For that is what Christ’s death and resurrection calls for! It is not a simple acknowledgement of his crucifixion …but a holy transformation that should occur because of it. If that is not what is happening in our lives then I would suggest we examine, why; why is it that the most hallowed miracle in all of human history is not compelling us to change?
I am not trying to be harsh, and as I write this I speak to myself…but I believe we have lost our way. We do not rely on the Holy One to lead us, we are swayed by our emotions most of the time, are selfishness is rampant and the idea of suffering for Christ is abhorrent to many. Our pride and arrogance rules our behavior and at times we don’t even realize it.
Jesus allowed himself to be brutalized in a most excruciating way…being mocked and shamed…humiliated…for you and me. Please try to understand the depth of Christ’s actions…he did not just free us from eternal death and forgiveness of our sins, for us to constantly continue in them. He has asked us to live from the love and grace he demonstrated on the cross and for it to compel us to compassion for others. The mercy he so graciously gave, should drive us to impart that same mercy to people who so desperately need it…”be merciful as your Father is merciful”
During this time of reflection, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into the truth of your relationship with Christ. Be still and repent of your sins; confess them to Jesus and let his love and mercy wash over your soul. Linger in this time of adoration to the One who chose to die a brutal death, so that you might live in his grace and peace. You know Christ still intercedes for you in heaven…is that beautiful? He is praying for you as he did here on earth; dwell on that and let it compel you toward more of his love.