Nowhere else in Scripture is this phenomenon illustrated so clearly as when Jesus, limited by the confines of human flesh, prays to the Eternal Father on behalf of his friends.
- My prayer is not for my disciples alone, he says. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.
- There had to have been tears in his eyes.
- There had to have been a catch or two in his breath.
- There had to have been a break in his voice.
- Christ's prayer is so poetically tender, so compassionate, and completely empathetic.
Our struggle to respond appropriately to the eternal is revealed in our response to Jesus. Jesus, in turn, was reaching out (is reaching out) to us, individually, in this prayer. Walking with us, as the Father originally intended in the Garden of Eden.
I love the way Jesus references those of us who are yet to come, traced through the eons of time; the way he appeals to God for the opportunity to share his glory with us, the same way he trusts us with his Father's message of active love.
I am so grateful that Jesus expressed his intention to continue to make God know to us, that he understood the comfort and the promise involved in that more complete realization of Grace... "That I myself may be in them," he prays.
It is certainly fitting that Christ's last words at that Last Supper were a prayer; that his benediction was a commitment to make God's perfect love known, evident, in the world. That he would accomplish all of this through his ongoing investment in us, in Derek Maul, in each soul reading today. "That the love you have for me may be in them."
- How great is the love the father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are. (1 John 3:1)