Jesus Praying For His Disciples
February 26, 2012
Introduction: These disciples who are with Jesus are undoubtedly drawn into His prayer. They will be affirmed and blessed as a people in whom Jesus is glorified. They are the people that bear His name. The Father has called them "out of the world" and given them to His Son. As Jesus has received and kept them, He has given them the Father's Name and revealed to them the nature of God.
It is through these disciples that the Father has chosen to reveal His glory. And it is for this circle of believers, this cleansed and believing "church" that Jesus the Lord now prays.
Jesus will show this small group of disciples that the very nature of God is proof enough that He is everything they need.
We sing, "Lord, listen to your children praying." In John 17, it's, "Children, listen to your Lord praying."
As we listen to Jesus praying, note:
I. IT REVEALS THE FATHER'S CHARACTER. 6-8
A. HIS NAME. 6
"I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world" - to reveal, to make known, or to show.
John 1:18. "No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known."
"declared" - to exegete
John 1:14, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
John 17:6, "manifested" is aorist tense, an accomplished fact, one that Jesus Christ had perfectly finished according to the Father's plan.
"Your name" - encompasses all that He is: His character, nature, and attributes.
"And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You."
"I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You."
This passage is quoted in Heb 2:12
Note Heb 2:10-13
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