In Today's Reading:
Jesus' high priestly prayer; His betrayal and arrest; Jesus before high priests; Peter's denial; Jesus condemned
After the Passover meal, Jesus began praying: Father, the hour is come; glorify (honor) Thy Son. . . . I have glorified (honored) Thee on the earth. . . . I have manifested (made known) Thy Name unto the men which Thou gavest Me . . . and they have kept Thy Word (John 17:1,4-6). All true believers should unite in glorifying the Father and Christ our Lord and in keeping His Word.
Jesus continued praying for all who would ever believe on Him, that they may be one, even as We are One (17:20-22). Jesus and the eleven disciples then went to the Mount of Olives. Jesus knew that Judas would soon arrive with the religious leaders who would lead the hostile mob and the Roman military to crucify Him. Soon, all of Jesus' followers forsook Him.
Satan is the accuser of our brethren (Revelation 12:10); but it is comforting to know that Jesus sees far more in His followers than we see in ourselves or in each other. He knew His disciples would leave Him; but He loved them and forgave them and they became even more loyal.
The difference between the weakest of Jesus' disciples and the worldly, unsaved person is revealed in Jesus' prayer to His Father in heaven: I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me (John 17:8). Notice the order: You gave Me the words; I gave the words to them; and They received the words. This emphasizes that faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith and spiritual discernment are imparted as we daily meditate upon the Word of God. We should pray: Shew me Thy ways, O LORD; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth . . . for Thou art the God of my salvation (Psalm 25:4-5).
Jesus also prayed to the Heavenly Father to keep through Thine own Name those whom Thou hast given Me (John 17:11). How comforting to know that His prayer included everyone of us as He prayed: I have given them Thy Word. . . . They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify (keep holy for God's service) them through Thy truth: Thy Word is Truth. . . . Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word (John 17:14,16-20).
17:12 son of perdition = Judas Iscariot; 18:30 malefactor = evil doer, criminal.
For John 17:12: See Psalm 41:9.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Harvey & Marion Peterson and in memory of my father L.S. Stone · Staff: Rita Guerra Government Official: Rep. Samuel Graves (MO) Country: Slovenia (2 million) in southeastern Europe Major languages: Slovenian and Serbo-Croatian Freedom of religion 81% Roman Catholic; 1% Muslim Prayer Suggestion: Thank the Lord for hearing your prayers (Psalm 28:6-7).
Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 7:21