This prayer of Jesus’s is the most beautiful and majestic of Scriptures. It must be because it is prayed by our Maker.
Jesus continues praying as though He has finished the task for which He came to do, and that was always to do the Father’s will, and all the way to the cross of His death. He prays,
“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.” John 17:12 (KJV)
Jesus’s prayer is as though His work is finished; past tense. “While I was with them”, and He has not gone to the cross yet. He prays as though it was already done. The gift of salvation, grace, mercy, is as good as finished, because He asked for it. He has kept and will keep.
There is one exception. One has been lost, and that is the “son of perdition” – the son of wickedness; the son of the devil. And, this was so that Scripture might be fulfilled.
You and I can rest assured today that all Scripture either has been fulfilled, is being fulfilled, or will be fulfilled concerning you and me. We need never fear that anything will ever take us out of the Father’s hands, when we are in the way of the Lord Jesus Christ, ie., His death, burial and resurrection.
-Tim A. Blankenship