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.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
Seems to be Jesus’ evangelism plan—favoring His followers with a taste of His glory, and calling them to be united like Jesus is with His Father—all for the sake of helping a dull and divided world come to know what they are missing out on, i.e., Life with Him! Unity with Him! The joy of Grace! Eternal Glory!
I am one of those ones the Father “sent” to know Jesus (v. 25). It is time for me to also realize that my biases, sensitivities, pride, pretenses, and prejudices may possibly be standing in His way. And if, as I believe, that I have pretty much overcome those problems, then I wonder why His prayer? So, I must confront my prejudice. I will face up to my judgment that people have no interest in God by spending a half-day in downtown Pleasant Hill today, asking people what God means to them, and here’s my prayer: Oh Lord, let me see these people through Your eyes. Amen.
Pete Woodward, Pastor
Faith Lutheran – Pleasant Hill