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20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23 NIV
This prayer is a prayer for us. This blew me away when I understood it for the first time. We are the ones who heard the message of Jesus Christ all these centuries later from the messages carried on through His disciples. As Jesus was getting ready to face the most horrific of executions, here he was, interceding for us. This touches my heart so deeply. What incredible love. He wanted us to have the relationship with God that He had. He wanted us all to be together again…even before we were born.
I have always heard the scriptures of God knowing us before we were “knit together in our mother’s womb” but this scripture made we realize very practically how much Jesus was a part of that picture too. It made it very real for me. It is right there in black and white.
Jesus, thank you for Your unfathomable, unconditional love and sacrifice. It humbles me to a point that words cannot express.