This verse: ‘I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me – so that they may be one as we are one.’ (John 17:11), from today’s study, should provides us with infinite comfort and joy.
As Selwyn states, ‘How this highlights, once again, the love and concern our Lord has for His people. He prays for them even when His death is imminent.’ Another point is that Jesus again identifies himself as God; with these words, ‘… protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me …’
Notice thatÂ the outcome, Jesus is seeking, is that we; ‘may be one’, that is, to be unified and not divided. How sad, it is, that often His church presents itself as a dismembered body.
Selwyn’s prayer is an excellent summary of today’s theme (do you agree?):Â
“O Jesus, let the truth of Your concern for me be more than mere theory. Let it grip me, impact me – even stagger me. You care for me far more than I care for myself. May that thought release something deep inside me this day. Amen.”