Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daily - 5/27/09

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."


Random thoughts:

v20-21 - Christ ties all those who believe through the Twelve into his prayer. This is Jesus praying for us, 2000 years ago.

v23 - Look at the language -- "I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one." This is a very short line but it describes precisely what the Church teaches. Remain in Christ, and we may be brought to perfection as one. This is a lifelong process, but it's entirely possible when we have Christ living inside us.

v24 - The Twelve are the Father's gift to the Son. Think about that ... God gave Peter, James, John, Matthew ... to Christ as a gift. Look what Christ does with the gifts God gives Him. God gives us gifts too. How do we use them?