Jesus is just about to cross the Brook Kidron and enter into His arrest in Gethsemane when he is talking with his disciples and is referring to them in the first 7 words in John 17: 20,21: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” Jesus not only prayed for those the Father had given Him but for all future believers – for their unity and their future glory. If you are a believer, these words are Jesus’ prayer for you. The present tense of the verb “to be” indicates that Jesus was praying for the unity that takes place through sanctification of believers. This is what Jesus was commanding. His followers had to love each other so that the world may believe in the reality of Jesus’ love. The loving relationship of believers to each other is the greatest witness to Jesus Christ.


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