25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
These verses mark the end of what is known as Jesus’ Great Prayer. In this dark hour, just prior to Jesus’ betrayal by Judas, and his arrest, Jesus prays for the disciples as they gathered around him in complete uncertainty and confusion. It is a prayer of intercession for them, and for us.
This “father” language for God in John’s Gospel is unique. It conveys a relational vitality and depth between Jesus and God. It’s relational. God is Father because Jesus is God’s Son; it is the language of intimacy and family. Jesus wants the disciples, and us, to have that same intimate relationship that will result in our knowing the love of God, intimately.
Can you read these verses and feel yourself prayed for by Jesus? Let these words of Jesus just wash over you in love, as he prays that we will be wholly known by God and that the same love that he knows in relationship with God will be known by us. This is not an intangible love, or a love that remains words and thoughts. This is a heart-felt love that expresses itself through Jesus’ whole being. As you ponder these words, perhaps you can experience a deeper understanding that you are called into wholeness, a wholeness and a closeness that you have yearned for. So let yourself come into a rich, new understanding of God’s unfathomable goodness.
Bless me, Lord, in this holiest of weeks, and give me the grace to know your loving presence more intimately. Amen.