Thursday, May 8, 2008

Daily - 5/8/08

John 13-17 describes what happened in the upper room on the night Christ was betrayed. He established the New Covenant, he washed the disciples’ feet, gave them the new commandment, gave the parable of the vine and the branches, described the coming of the Holy Spirit, and prayed for the Twelve – the first bishops.

Then, right before they left for Gethsemane, he offered this prayer. The “them” in line 17 are the Twelve – the first bishops. “Those who will believe” are all of us. 2000 years ago, in the last words recorded from the upper room, Christ prayed for US. Specifically.


John 17:20-26

20 "I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

21 so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.

22 And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one,

23 I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.

24 Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

25 Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me.

26 I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them."