New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Jesus has come into Jerusalem on a donkey to the cheers of the people, “Hosanna! Hosanna!” He has had the Passover with His disciples and predicted His own death. Judas has gone to betray Him. The Disciples (He had asked them to stay awake and pray) were asleep. He has sweated blood as He fervently prays to God, our Father. Amidst all this anguish, all this fear, all this pain…He remembers all of us and prays that all of His followers, those alive at that time, and all of us to come, will be one with the Father. That we be in harmony with Him and all of creation…How can you not love Jesus? I understand that you wouldn’t love His followers. We’re not harmonized yet. We are not kind or good or loving. We fall far short of the Master, but Jesus? How can you not love Jesus? He came humbly in a manger, taught only love of God and man, healed thousands and thousands of people, and when faced with death went to a cross for us all, praying for us every step of the way.
The Promised One
He came with the star so bright
Born in a manger that special night
Wise men of old, followed, pursued
Wise men today, follow Him too
Born of a virgin, how could it be?
An angel told Joseph and he believed
Taken to Egypt and hidden away
Until Herod was no longer in the way
Appeared at the temple when He was just twelve
Amazed all the priests with the wisdom He held
“I am the Voice for Him who will come!”
John heralded His arrival with a holy baptism
Jesus did miracles and fulfilled prophesy
Told all who would listen of God’s love for you and me
Then He marched into Jerusalem for one final meal
His blood and His body would pay for the deal
One final night in the garden nearby
One final prayer and He would be off to die
He prayed for our Oneness with the Father and Him
All who would believe He would call them a Friend.
So give Him your sin and give Him your shame
He’ll take it away and give you a new name
He’ll whisper it to you throughout eternity
You’re loved and treasured by His Grace and Mercy
©2017 by William Pierce
Thank You for sending Jesus to this dark, fallen world. Through Him and Him alone are all things made anew. We know You love us and thank You for Your great kindness.