May 27, 2001
"Jesus' prayer for you"
our text Jesus goes to the Father to pray for you! Jesus prays: "My prayer
is not for the disciples alone…I pray for those who will believe through their
message…" So what is Jesus' request for you? Consider His prayer on your
behalf. Jesus' prayer for you…
Is a request for unity and faith. Jesus prays to the Father: "may
they be brought to complete unity to let the world know You sent me and have
He prays: "May they be brought to complete
Unity comes with a common faith; there is in Christ
"one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all"
Because there is differences of doctrine in our world
today the question must be raised: "can there be true unity?"
As long as there are differences there will be matters of doctrine. May
we pray for a perfect unity, which comes in a complete unity of faith.
The Savior continues to pray: "To let the
world know You sent Me and have loved them"
The true united doctrine is the doctrine of Christ,
in which we have a complete understanding not only of who Jesus is but what He
has done for us.
By this we know of the Father's love. When we know Jesus, we know of the
Father's great love for us. When we know of Jesus, we have a complete and
perfect unity of faith.
II. Jesus' prayer for you is a request for us to be with Jesus in
glory. Jesus prays to the
Father: "I want those you've give to me to be with me where I
His desire is for us to be where He is.
Our goal is to be with Christ in glory. To leave this
"veil of tears to our home with Christ in glory.
Remember the hymn verse "I'm but a stranger
here, heaven is my home" A question; "how strange is the world to
us?" Are we familiar with this world, or do we look for another home, a
more perfect and complete home where we will be with Christ in glory?
Jesus has a desire to receive believers in glory.
This was Jesus' ultimate mission to come to draw
Himself. He drew you in you
baptism and continues through Word and Sacrament to draw you to Himself, so that
where He is you shall be also,
Our "finest hour" is the hour of our death.
When we close our eyes in death we leave this world only to enter into that
world which has no end. When our eyes close in death we take a walk from one end
of the kingdom to the other…we cross over from the kingdom of grace into the
kingdom of glory.
III. Jesus' prayer for you is a request to know God's
love. Jesus prays to the Father: "I will make You known to them and
continue to make you known in order that t he love You have for Me may be in
them and that I Myself may be in them"
Jesus will continue to make the Father known to us.
Through the message of the Gospel - that we may grow
in Christ. That's why we are always connected to His Word and Sacraments; that
we may grow in grace.
As we grow in Christ we know more and more about
Jesus. Remember the salute of faith; the mind, the lips, the heart… ascent,
the love the Father has may be in us.
Father loves you. That's why He sent Christ in the first you.
experienced this love it is now a part of us. It is now ours not only to
experience but also to live each day in a daring and confident manner and to
express it with those with whom we meet.
In the midst of His busy ministry; His healing, preaching, teaching and
serving Jesu took the time to pray for you!
His prayer is answered in your hearing this day!
May you continue to draw close to
Christ as you
grow in unity of faith, in knowing God, in being received into His glory!
Soli Deo Gloria +