“And I set myself apart on their behalf, so that they too may be truly set apart. “I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony, that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. The glory you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one – I in them and you in me – that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.”, John 17:19-23 NET
• Again we see Jesus getting very particular in His prayer requests: “I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony…”
• Jesus prayed for us!
• What does Jesus mean when He prayed that people who believed in Him would be one? One thing we know it means is that other people (the world) would notice that the believers were one, so in other words, whatever Jesus meant about being one would be something that can be perceived by people who are not Christians, something tangible.
• So has Jesus prayer about this already been answered or does that prayer continue even to our day?
“but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone.”, Hebrews 2:9 NET
• The verses in John made me start contemplating the relationship between Jesus and the Father and Hebrews 2:9 flashed in my mind. It definitely supports the idea that when Jesus was a man, he was less than the Father but when He died for our sins and went back to the Father, He became equal with the Father as He was before He became a man.