Jesus continuing His Priestly prayer for His disciples, prays…
“…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.” John 17:11 (KJV).
Jesus is nearing the time that He will lay His own life down as the sacrifice for our sin. This prayer is assured to be the prayer of God, the prayer God is guaranteed to hear, the prayer the Father will answer. Why wouldn’t the Father hear His own Son’s prayer. He is God’s High Priest. He is the Priest of all priests. He has obeyed His Father’s will and His Word in all things; even to the death of the cross.
Jesus’s saying “…I am no more in the world…” shows that He has already committed Himself to the cross of His death. He considers Himself to be already dead, the work already as good as done. Fully recognizing that the disciples are still “…in the world”, by our flesh.
Let us not believe that when He was praying for “…these”, that He is praying solely for those present day disciples. NO! NO! He was praying for all the disciples who would ever follow Him. He is praying for you all who are in the faith of Jesus. For all who would ever hear His call, “Come follow Me”.
Notice Jesus prayer in this one verse. “…Keep through Thine own Name those whom Thou hast given Me…”. How can one who is God’s child, one who trusts in Jesus ever leave Him. In order to do so they would have to make Jesus’s prayer null and void. That will never be done. In the faith of Jesus we are kept by the power of the Father’s own name.
Blessed be the name or our Lord.
-Tim A. Blankenship