“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.”
In the opening of this verse, one feels an overwhelming wonderment of love that our Savior has toward us, His people. But notice the depth of His affection. Yes, Jesus promises to pray for every one of us, but that intercession stretches far beyond the here and now. Jesus declares that His prayer is also for those who are yet uncalled, unconverted, and unregenerated. Dear saint, that was once you and me!
Christ’s thoughts go to every place and all people who will put their trust in Him. When we consider His exceeding grace and affection toward us and Christ’s burden for His future children, it is more than we can comprehend. How can we measure the immeasurable?
Jesus’ loving intercession is wide enough to reach the whole world and save even the most depraved. It stretches into eternity as the Son of God intercedes for us before the throne of grace for our needs. “It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).
Day by day, in that celestial land where Jesus is seated beside His Father, He perpetually bears our names upon His breast, which are as deeply cut as the jewels on the high priest’s breastplate.
When I ponder that our names are ever on Jesus’ lips, I marvel at the greatness of His care. A hush falls upon my soul and calms my heart. May the same be true for you today.
Awaiting His Return,
– Pastor Jack
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