“O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:25-26)
These are the final requests of Jesus in His “High Priestly Prayer” (John 17) the longest prayer of Jesus we have recorded. What a precious glimpse it gives us of who God is and what He intends for us: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, our maker, redeemer, and guide! The prayer not only is long; it is far reaching. It reaches through time and space to include you and me today in God’s care. Christ prays for His disciples of that day and also for us today who, “would believe in Me through their word. (v.20)” He prays for those who will newly know Him this year and next, and next, and next as Zion bring’s God’s Word and Holy Sacraments to bear on human sin and need.
The “High Priestly Prayer” of Jesus is the focus of our Sunday worship throughout Lent, each week bringing to light different key truths in the prayer that reveal something of the heart of our Savior on the eve of His saving act on the cross. Jesus makes it clear as His prayer comes to a close that He would continue to make known the full glory of God. The heavens and all nature may declare the glory of God, yet God’s full essence, character, His very NAME is made known to us in Christ who is crucified for our sins and risen in victory for you and for me.
Each Wednesday and Sunday this Lent we are blessed to have long-time and new friends join us in worship, Bible Study, and fellowship. Christ is truly at work fulfilling the prayerful promises He spoke and that are recorded John 17. Come be part of Christ’s ongoing action of grace in our midst and bring your friends. Christ indeed is risen! He is at work among us.
In Christ’s service, Pastor Stephen
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