In John 17, Jesus prays a high priestly prayer, the true “Lord’s Prayer.” The traditional Lord’s Prayer is really the Disciples’ Prayer: Jesus never prayed that one, He told us to pray it. The Lord’s Prayer is in  John 17. Jesus prays, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that He may also glorify thee: restore me to the place that I had with you.” He says, “Father, I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me out of the world,” and later on includes you and me because He includes all who hear the Word that they preach. His prayer in essence is “Father, while I was with them I kept them,” it is that with-ness relationship, “but I am no longer in the world, I come to thee.”

He had  come from the Father: Emmanuel, God with us. “While I was with them,” He says, “I kept them; but I am no longer in the world, I come to thee.” Now, what will the disciples do? “Father, you keep them.” How? “Make them one as you and I are one; I in them, they in me,” and He prays for that Presence of life to come.


After the Resurrection, on the day of Pentecost, Peter could testify that because Jesus had sent that promised Comforter, that is proof He sat down as the living Savior at the side of the Father. So as we speak of Resurrection on Easter Sunday, we speak of a living

Savior. We speak of life. We speak of God breaking through eternity’s barriers and coming onto the stage of history to bring God’s life where we are.

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