John 17:20-21 – Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Let’s make it plain from the beginning of today’s writing. If Jesus is your Lord, He ever lives to make intercession for you. He’s praying for you right now, and in that statement, “YOU” refers to the Church as a whole, and to YOU as an individual. We should know that according to the Word, and we should certainly believe it with all our heart. Jesus loves you, for as a member of the God-head, He, too, is LOVE. He is the Word made flesh, and the love of God is to keep the Commandments (Word).
But the issue to which I speak today was a time long before you and I were even a consideration to the people who were our great (time 10) grandparents even gave consideration to being parents. In our Text for Today, we read the words of Jesus, the Messiah. He said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their (My disciples’) word.” Dear one, when our Jesus uttered these words to the heart and ear of Father, He was praying specifically for you and me. You see, whether we realize it or not, every person who has ever come to make Jesus Lord in their life, did so because of the words, both written and/or spoken by those disciples who surrounded Him at the time of this prayer in Jerusalem, now more than 2,000 years ago. I was born again by faith in Christ, by confessing with my mouth Jesus as Lord, and believing in my heart that God had raised Him from the dead. That message came through the Word of God, and the Word of God we have is the message that is “their word” to which Jesus referred in our Text for Today. Not only have I been saved in that manner, but so has anyone else who has come to Christ. I fully understand that there may have been some variables involved, and that not everyone’s testimony is identical on this point, but the fact still remains, the Word of God is true. And according to the Word of God, people are saved when someone who is sent speaks the Word of God into their life and they believe and act on that Word. In short, every believer today has come to Christ through the Word that has been set forth in the earth by Jesus’ disciples. No, I never heard Peter, James, John, or even Paul preach. I never heard Timothy or Barnabas or John Mark. I never heard John Wesley, Charles Finney, Savonarola, Alexander Dowie, William Seymour, or Smith Wigglesworth either. But the message I heard came from the Scriptures that were penned by the early Apostles. And it is for that reason that I rejoice that Jesus prayed for me….specifically me!
Manna for Today – John 17; Hebrews 7:25