9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 17:9–19). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
The Sabbath of Jesus - Part 2
Sabbath time is not just about us spending time with God, focusing on ourselves and our work. Sabbath is also about others. In this part of the prayer, Jesus, having thanked God for what He has already experienced and asking for grace for His next steps, now turns to those people God has placed in His life. He prays for His disciples, His friends.
Reading through this prayer I am struck by the devotion Jesus has to His disciples. He wants them to have the same connection to God that He does. There is not a clear hierarchy hear of God first and friends second. Instead, Jesus has a vision of all of us made complete together with God. The picture Jesus paints in this prayer makes it seem as if we are not complete without each other and we are not complete without God. It is a prayer of unity, not of taking us out of this world, but inviting God in to reorder the world through us.
In fact, Jesus closes the prayer with the specific request that we would be sent back into the world, not taken out of it. He recognizes that this will be difficult, that the world will not accept us - like trying to mix oil and water. Yet it seems to be this very thing that God is calling us to do, and as Jesus told Peter, “all things are possible with God”.(Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27) For Jesus, Sabbath time involves all our relationships, not just us and God. It means finding ways to be blessed to be a blessing to those God has brought into your life.
Reflection: How do you use your time with God to bless others as God blesses you? Who is God calling you to pray for and love more today?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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