Did you know that Jesus prayed for you before he was crucified?
In our reading for today, John 17, we find what commentators call "The High Priestly Prayer" of Jesus. It is called this because Jesus' prayer speaks to his role as the mediator of the reconciliation between us and God. We are bound together in a covenantal relationship through the work of Jesus.
In the midst of this prayer, in John 17:20-21, Jesus says, "I do not ask for these [the disciples] only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."
He prays for the future believers. The ones who will believe in Jesus based on the testimony of the disciples. If you are a believer in Jesus today, that's you!
Jesus prays that we would be brought into relationship with God through his work on the cross.
As we consider this today, I pray it is a reminder of the deep and unending love that Jesus has for you and me. That even the night that he as to be betrayed and crucified, he was praying for the generations of believers who lives would be changed by what he was about to go through. That as he was preparing to go to his death, he is praying ultimately for what he and the Father had set to accomplish through his coming.
Take a few moments to rest in Jesus today.