Did you know that in John 17 Jesus prayed for you? I've been pondering all summer the love that Jesus has for me. When I read this chapter in John, I am humbled, I am touched, I am chosen. If you're not familiar with it, read it through a couple of times to really let it all sink in for you. This is Jesus praying just before He is to be crucified.
Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said:
Father, it's time. Display the bright splendor of your Son so the Son in
turn may show your bright splendor.
You put him in charge of everything human So he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge.
And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail What you assigned me to do.
And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendor, the very splendor I had in your presence Before there was a world.
I spelled out your character in detail to the men and women you gave
me. They were yours in the first place; then you gave them to me, And
they have now done what you said.
They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that everything you gave me is firsthand from you,
For the message you gave me, I gave them; And they took it, and were
convinced That I came from you. They believed that you sent me.
I pray for them. I'm not praying for the God-rejecting world But for those you gave me, For they are yours by right.
Everything mine is yours, and yours mine, And my life is on display in them.
For I'm no longer going to be visible in the world; They'll continue
in the world While I return to you. Holy Father, guard them as they
pursue this life That you conferred as a gift through me, So they can be
one heart and mind
As we are one heart and mind. As long as I was with them, I guarded
them In the pursuit of the life you gave through me; I even posted a
night watch. And not one of them got away, Except for the rebel bent on
destruction (the exception that proved the rule of Scripture).
Now I'm returning to you. I'm saying these things in the world's
hearing So my people can experience My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word; The godless world hated them because of it, Because they didn't join the world's ways,
Just as I didn't join the world's ways. I'm not asking that you take
them out of the world But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy - consecrated - with the truth; Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.
I'm consecrating myself for their sakes So they'll be truth-consecrated in their mission.
I'm praying not only for them But also for those who will believe in me because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind - Just as
you, Father, are in me and I in you, so they might be one heart and mind
with us. Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them, So they'll be as unified and together as we are -
I in them and you in me. Then they'll be mature in this oneness, And
give the godless world evidence that you've sent me and loved them In
the same way you've loved me.
Father, I want those you gave me to be with me, right where I am, So
they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me, Having loved me long
before there ever was a world.
Righteous Father, the world has never known you, But I have known
you, and these disciples know that you sent me on this mission.
I have made your very being known to them - Who you are and what
you do - And continue to make it known, so that your love for me might
be in them exactly as I am in them.(emphasis mine)
I am completely undone knowing my Savior prayed for me right before his death. Do you know what He was thinking hanging upon that cross? He thought of me...He thought of you. That's the love that I have been trying to grasp all summer.