GARDEN PRAYER CONCLUSION, 18.04.19
GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE/GARDEN PRAYER (JOHN 17) CONCLUDED
20 “not on behalf of these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their message,” (John 17:20)
21 that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 The glory that You have given to Me I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one—
23 I in them and You in Me—that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them as You loved Me.
24 “Father, I also want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory—the glory You gave Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
25 Righteous Father, the world did not know You, but I knew You; and these knew that You sent Me.
26 I made your Name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Three main themes are found in this set of passages: ONENESS/UNITY; demonstration of the FATHER’S HEART OF LOVE; YESHUA’S HEART for His children to walk in that place of intimacy/unity/oneness with Himself, the Father, and each other. Let’s have a closer look.
Yeshua spends considerable time and goes into much detail in the area of Oneness/Unity, after He intercedes for “not on behalf of these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their message,” (John 17:20), referring to all who will come to believe in/follow Him for all the coming generations until the end of the age. He was praying for ALL OF US! Then He refers to “one,” “I in You and You in Me,” and “unity” eight times in this set of passages.
Oneness and unity are components of intimacy, exemplary of the close relationship He wants us to have with Him. Yeshua is saying that, just as He exists in that place of unity and oneness with His Father, He desires for us to do likewise.
Obviously this prayer can only apply to those who believe in/follow Him. This is an intimate relationship He is talking about. This prayer is totally exclusive, which tells us something. Those who belong to Him are extra special to Him; only they can be in such unity and closeness, such absolute intimacy that would legitimize the terms “I in you and you in Me,” just as He describes Himself in relation to the Father: “Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You” (John 17:21). Lay hold of the privilege, the absolute awe, wonderment, and amazement of having the same access, the same capacity for intimacy, the specialness of that kind of proximity to the God of the universe, and bask in it for awhile; and if you don’t come out of that with a passion to know Him, to want to please and serve Him, then . . . .. .. (I’m not sure what to make of it), because I can’t imagine how one would not.
Upon grasping the fullness of the concept of oneness, only then is it possible to realize how amazingly wonderful it would be if all God’s sons and daughters actually walked in that place. It would then be possible for the body of Messiah to actually be united as one, so that all believers would be one, just as the Father and Son are one, in mind/heart/spirit. It follows then, that the world would know that Messiah came from God the Father, because this would be such a wonderment, even the world would know that only God Almighty could achieve such an outcome. Once this were to become real to everyone, it would be real to the rest of the world, because this world would, in fact, be a different place. Once this kind of unity was achieved, it would almost be impossible for people to not experience God’s love, and realize that they are loved as the Father loves the Son.
To be so wanted when one is so undeserving: “Father, I also want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am” (John 17:24); how is it possible to not be impacted by this realization? “so that they may see My glory—the glory You gave Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). Laying hold of that glory is such a supernatural thing, it is difficult to attain; “hereafter the saints in their own persons, and with their own eyes, shall see him as he is, and appear in glory with him; which sight of his glory will be near, and not at a distance . . . . and for ever” (http://biblehub.com/commentaries/john/17-24.htm). This Commentary’s description is about the closest I can find to any we are likely to be able to relate to, and I’m sure any earthly descriptions we can use would be inadequate, but suffice it for now. Although through His death and resurrection He will attain His glorified body, the full magnificence of that glory would not be realized until a future time, for we know that the fullness of His Glory was hidden from human eyes, since neither was He recognized on the road to Emmaus nor by Mary Magdalene who thought He was the gardener (John 20:14). “The Celestial glory that Jesus had from the beginning was temporarily hidden (veiled) during His earthly life. At the ascension of Christ, Jesus was both glorified and transfigured. . . . . . . .. post-ascension revelations involve His radiant appearance.. … .” (Nelson f.n., Nelson Study Bible, 1988, KJV, p.1645). It is this glory Yeshua is referring to in these passages.
Yeshua yearns for His followers to be in that same relationship with one another, as He is with each of us, and with His Father. This is the cry of His Heart: “that they may be perfected in unity” (John 17:23); for His people to be in such perfect harmony with one another that there would no longer be dissention, and petty disagreements, even bitterness amongst them. It must so grieve His Heart that the body of believers is so conflicted and at odds with one another; that they have formed dozens (hundreds?) of denominations, etc.; what a disappointment this must have been to Him. And when He says, “I made your Name known to them . . . . . that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them”(John 17:26), that should impress upon us even more the extent to which He so yearns for His love to predominate in, upon, and between His people. He wants the Father’s Love to be IN each one of His chosen ones; the same Love that is IN Himself from the Father, and HIMSELF also to reside within each one of HIS OWN BELOVED – how special is that!? Once fully grasped, it should be impossible to doubt His love. All believers will finally realize, grasp, and lay hold of all He has for us in the Millennial Age, when Messiah rules and reigns.
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