Journey with Jesus, The Ministry Years: The Intercessor
“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.” His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered.
Our text takes us to a time of transition from His ministry years to His Passion. Chapter 16, He is still in his ministry. In chapter 18, He begins His passion in the Garden. But in-between He prays. It is interesting that the last thing He does in ministry is to pray.
Let’s listen to just a few important things that He says before He prays.
I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
You are going to have the same kind of access and relationship with the father as I do.
Wow what a shift! This is radical!
I am leaving and going to the Father.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
“Which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
*“Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.
Scattered. Each to his own. You will leave me alone
In Me, you may have peace
*Huge final statement before He prays
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
*after the prayer He enters the Garden of Gethsemane and His passion begins.
Three parts to this
amazing intercessory prayer
That he prays just before he concludes His ministry
1. Glorify your Son
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Things that He asks for in this first section
*Glorify your Son
*So I can glorify you
*Authority over all flesh
*Give eternal life to all that you have given me
*This is eternal life= That they may know you, The only true God and your Son Jesus that you sent.
Do you have eternal life?
You can have it right now!
*I am coming back to be with you and to return to the glory I had with you in the beginning
I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
2. Protect and sanctify the 11
“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
This part of the prayer is for the remaining 11 disciples Judas is out doing his thing and is now no longer part of the band.
There are things that Jesus says the disciples did in this portion of His prayer that become principles for us as we walk with Christ.
*They kept your word
*They received your word
*They believed your word
*Only one the son of perishing has been lost
Only one other time in the Bible is that term used and it is in connection with the antichrist
2 Thessalonians 2:3
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
*Keep them from the evil one
*Send them out
Finally the part of the prayer that we are actually included in which makes this prayer so powerful now 2000 years later
What an amazing continuity there is in the Body of Christ
This is not a new thing on the planet
There has been a faithful remnant through every century
3. Let them be one
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Us: All those who believe in Me through their word.
This can be traced just like a family tree.
*One in Us
*That the world may believe
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world
*You love them as you love me
*I want them may be with me where I am that they may behold my glory
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
In Revelation 22:4 we see the beautiful answer to the prayer that Jesus prays
They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
The final thing He prays
the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”