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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Going to the Father, #10
. . . Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. (John 17:11)
Jesus felt as a person. These men and women were His treasure, His chief love except for His love for the Father. Both Divine and human love were present here.
At this point Jesus was laying down His human love, and, by faith in the Father, preparing Himself for crucifixion and then for entering His Divine inheritance. He would see His beloved again, by the Word of God, but no longer as an adamic human.
The human, the adamic, was dying.
We can see the Lord as He approached this hour, going up into the mountains alone. He pictured His followers, His supreme treasures, more precious to Him than a thousand heavens, and His heart went out to them in human as well as Divine love. Now the human was to die. Adam was to die. Human affection was to die.
We see Him bowed under this weight, putting His hands on a rock, crying out in His agony, "God help me! God help me!" Adam was in his death throes.
Jesus was a young man with all of a young man's passion. Now He was entering death, not through a debilitating sickness or a painful accident but while in perfect health.
"I won't see them again on earth as I am but in an unknown way. Will I really have them? Can I talk to them? Will they know me?"
Then He entered the Presence of God and the angels ministered to Him. His faith and trust in the Father were increased. He received the assurance He would know His beloved in a better, fuller, richer way after death. Nothing would be lost.
The Son of God and Son of Man agonized, and then His conquering joy returned. He came back down in the morning, rejoicing in the certain knowledge that soon He would have His beloved again—and this time for eternity.
Now He could say in joyous confidence, "Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom you have given me."
A young man, Jesus was, with a young man's heart. If this were not true, He would not have been tempted in all the ways we are tempted. Let us never forget that. Through prayer and faith He was able to overcome the flesh.
Sometimes we are called upon to share Jesus' sufferings. When we do, we know He understands and can feel what we are experiencing. Then we, through Him, can achieve victory by prayer and faith.
The expression "that they may be one, as we are," truly is an awe-inspiring thought. It would be difficult to find a more remarkable doctrine in the entire Scriptures.
Does Christ mean exactly what He is praying here? We believe He does. He is praying that the members of His Body will be one in Christ in God as Christ is one with the Father.
How is Christ one with the Father? Christ is of the Father's Substance, Nature, Person, Spirit, will, purpose—His entire Personality. Also, Christ is filled with all the Fullness of the Father. A more complete union is not possible.
We of the Church are being brought into and becoming an eternal part of that union, being of the same Substance and Nature, being filled with Christ and God in Him.
To be continued.