JESUS PRAYED FOR US – JOHN 17:11-26

My Mom was dying.  Dad went home to Heaven just four months before.  The day before I had made a comment about “if Mom gets better.” I was chastised by my aunt, “Don’t say if, but when!”  I knew better. This upset me.

 Now, the next day, on a Friday morning, upon arriving at the hospital I discovered that it was time to decide.  Do we honor her living will concerning “heroics” and let her go or keep her on dialysis. After consulting with a nurse and two doctors, I, my brothers, and sister all agreed it was time to let mom go.

There was one problem.  I was concerned about my aunt’s reaction.  I asked one of the doctors to talk to her.  There I was on the phone.  The hospital chaplain was hovering, and the doctor talked to my Aunt. When he was done, he handed me the phone and slipped away. My Aunt understood and was ready to let Mom go.

However, right after I hung up, I was overwhelmed with grief and tears.  In a second, the chaplain was back, and sitting next to me.  He had been around but keeping his distance.  He took my hand and prayed with me.  That’s all he did.  But it was what I needed.

You too have probably appreciated times when someone has prayed for you in your presence.  You have also appreciated knowing that others were praying for you and situations that concern you.

And here is an even more comforting thought.  If you are a Christian the Lord Jesus has prayed for you, does pray for you, and will pray for you. Hebrews 7:24-25

 The first record we have Jesus praying for us is here in John 17. It was after the last supper and the Upper Room discourse that He offered this prayer.

Although verses 11-19 specifically have the disciples in view, I feel that it can be implied that Jesus’ requests are the same for us as well. So, in verses 11-26 we see that Jesus prayed for us!

We normally consider another prayer to be the Lord’s Prayer. But the prayer we call the Lord’s Prayer is really a model given to us.  It is really the “Disciples’ Prayer”.  I feel that the real Lord’s Prayer is this one before us.  It is a prayer of intercession.  It is a prayer that has been answered and will continue to be answered.

John 17:1 – When Jesus prayed, he asked that He, as the Son, would glorify the Father in this His hour. The hour was the hour of his betrayal, arrest, trial, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

John 17:2 – The ultimate glory was that He gives eternal life to all those given to Him by the Father.

John 17:3 – If you know the Lord Jesus, you know God.  If you know God, you know the Lord Jesus. John 14:6

John 17:4 – The Lord Jesus glorified God the Father on the earth.  He brought glory to God’s name.

John 17:5 – Although Jesus had glory while he walked the earth, he had voluntarily limited the glory that he displayed while here.  It was time for Him, as an obedient son having completed His task to return to His heavenly glory.

Now, having talked to the Father about His own situation, He directs His thoughts towards praying for the Eleven, and all that have followed them, including us.  These are things that God is doing or will do for us.

JESUS PRAYED FOR OUR SECURITY – John 17:11-15

John 17:11 – One of the great problems many Christians have had with their salvation is thinking that they could lose that salvation.

Getting saved was the work of God. Ephesians 2:8-9

Staying saved is also the work of God.  Jesus was leaving this world and asked that God would …keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me…

 To the Jewish people a name was important.  The name of a person was to reflect their character. So, when Jesus asks God to keep us by His name.  He is asking that we be kept by the character of God. One of the characteristics or attributes of God is that He is all powerful. John 10:27-30

John 17:12 – When Jesus was here, He worked at keeping His disciples.  The one that was not kept, Judas, was never a believer in the first place. was not a child of God as the other disciples were. He was the “son of perdition”, destined to Hell.

John 17:13-14 – If we have truly trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we have trusted His Word. This will produce joy! The world hated Jesus because Jesus was not of this world.  The world hates Christians because we are of another world, Heaven because we belong to Jesus.

John 17:15 – Wouldn’t it be nice if the moment we got saved, we just went to Heaven? That’s not God’s plan. The plan is that we who know Jesus Christ as Savior will witness to those who do not know Him.  So, God, doesn’t remove us from the world but He keeps us from the evil one.

The person who is truly saved is kept by God.

JESUS PRAYED FOR OUR SANCTIFICATION – John 17:16-19

John 17:16 – Much of our anxiety would be removed if we simply accepted this truth. Jesus was not of this world.  The things that often matter in this world like position, wealth, control, and personal comfort didn’t matter to Him.

Jesus is from Heaven. Jesus is God.

You, if you know the Lord Jesus as Savior are not of this world.  This world is just a temporary residence.  You are actually a citizen of Heaven. Philippians 3:20

John 17:17 – The word “sanctify” and the word “holy” are the same word in Greek. Someone who is holy is set apart. God is Holy. He is set apart from sin.

The moment we trusted Jesus Christ, we became “holy” or “set apart”. The word translated “saint” is also from the same root word.  As Christians we are “saints”.  God has set us apart for Him. We are holy in our position because we have been set apart for Him in Christ.

And I want to remind you that we are not only holy in our position as Christians, but we are to be holy in our practice as Christians. 1 Peter 1:15-16

Do you wonder how you can possibly live a holy life?

A good start to the holy life is taking seriously what Jesus says here, “THY WORD IS TRUTH!”

The more I read, study, memorize, and meditate on the Word, the more I will obey the Word.  The more I obey the Word the more holy in practice I will be.

John 17:18 – Jesus was sent by the Father into the world to save the World.  Jesus sends us into the world with the message of that salvation.

 John 17:19 – Jesus set himself apart for us. He lived His life in this world for us.  He now lives in Heaven interceding for us!   

As Jesus set Himself apart for us, we should be set apart for Him. Jesus is the bridegroom for the true church made up of all true Christians. We are the bride. We expect our earthly brides to be set apart for us. Ladies expect their earthly grooms to be set apart for them. Jesus expects us to be set apart or holy for Him as He is for us.

JESUS PRAYED FOR OUR SOLIDARITY -Vss. 20-23

John 17:20 – Now Jesus specifically mentions us.  He is asking specifically for all Christians.

John 17:21 – God the Father and God the Son are one as parts of the Trinity.  They are one although they are unique in personality.   

Jesus prayed that we also would be one.  This unity is not a unity of behavior, not a unity of denominations, not is it a unity of personality.  Christians are not clones. Ephesians 4:3-6

Christians are to be unified in Spirit, the Holy Spirit.

Christians are to be unified in their love for Christ and for each other. John 13:34-35

John 17:22-23 – Jesus enables us to be unified. As we practice abiding in Christ and Him in us the world is going to take notice. As each Christian practices being in Christ, they will also practice being on the same “wavelength” as other Christians. They will be unified in Spirit!   

 “We cannot do better than to follow the maxim which was enunciated by a certain Rupert Meldenius at the beginning of the seventeen-century and quoted with approval by Richard Baxter: ‘In fundamentals unity, in non-fundamentals (or “doubtful things”) liberty, in all things charity.'”  – John Stott, CHRIST THE CONTROVERSIALIST p44  http://elbourne.org/sermons/index.mv?illustration+319

“Snowflakes are frail, but if enough of them get together they can stop traffic.” – Vance Havner Ibid

JESUS PRAYED FOR OUR SATISFACTION – Vss. 24-26

John 17:24 – Here is a prayer that God still answers for Jesus every day!

Every time a believer dies this prayer is answered!

The Lord Jesus is in Heaven. Every time a Christian dies He or She goes to Heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:8

And one day, Jesus will bring us all together with new resurrection bodies. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

John 17:25-26 – Jesus prayed that we who, belong to Him, would have the same love with which the Father loves Jesus would be in us. Now that is satisfaction Let’s allow through the Holy Spirit to allow that love to flow in us.

Jesus prayed for you!

Every one of these prayers is answered every day!