I was struck and reminded again this morning of the depth of Christ’s love for us.
What did Jesus do before he was betrayed?
He prayed for himself, for the glory of Father and Son. He prayed for His disciples.
He prayed for you and me.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Jesus was confident the disciples would spread the gospel and he prayed for those who would believe as a result.
When you weren’t physically there, or lived during a particular time period, it can be easy at times to emotionally distance oneself. I know it has been easy for me to do that. I need to be continually reminded.
I was picturing Jesus praying in Gethsemane.
I see a picture of Jesus in the midst of severe emotional and physical strain. Exhausted.
“An angel appears and ministers to him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” Luke 22:43-44
Luke, being the doctor notes this. My study Bible notes it was probably perspiration in large drops like blood, or it possibly was hematidrosis, the actual mingling of blood in sweat as in cases of extreme anguish, strain or sensitivity. Only Luke the doctor records this.
I haven’t been in this extreme anguish. However, I thought about times of when I have been emotionally drained and exhausted. Have you ever been emotionally drained? Emotionally and physically exhausted? Reached the point where you really can’t think straight? Where it’s hard to put words to thoughts?
You’re just spent. I’ve been there. I can’t really say I’m thinking about anyone else but myself at that point.
And there is the difference between us and God. When we are at that point we have a choice. We can call out to Him. It is our choice. He wants us to.
But what did He do?
What did Jesus do when He was at that point of emotional exhaustion?
He was praying for US. Praying for you and me, knowing full well of all the screwed up things we’d do, the mistakes we made, the mistakes we WILL make. Praying for us as we realize that we can’t do it on our own and trust Him. Praying for us before we even humbled ourselves to admit that. Praying for us as we keep struggling with control of our lives. (Was that one of those most strenuous prayers for me? I have the tendency to lay things at His feet, to pick them back up, give them back, pick them up again. Sigh.)
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Tim. 1:15-17
He loves you that much. He loves me that much.
In the midst of His severe and emotional prayer He was thinking of US.
Jesus’ last will and testament included prayer words for us.
“…I pray also for those who will believe in me…”
Thank you Jesus for loving me before I even came to be.