We continue our study of the Gospel of John, picking up at John 17: 6. The Apostle has written the words of Jesus as Jesus prays out loud to Abba Father for the world to hear, and see. Jesus says:
” I have revealed You to those whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me, and they have obeyed Your Word. Now they know that everything You have given Me comes from You. For I gave them the words You gave Me, and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from You and they believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given Me, for they are Yours. All I have is Yours, and all You have is mine. And glory has come to Me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father protect them by the power of Your name, the name You gave Me, so that they may be One, as We are One.”John 17: 6-11
Jesus prayed that the Father would protect those He had given unto Him by the power of the name, JESUS. That name has POWER!. It means: “The Lord saves!” That is why when we pray, we pray in the name of Jesus. We are committing what we pray to the name that is above every name because without question, our Father has placed power that comes from Him into that name. The Word says: “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2: 9-11. The Son of God is lifted up, Abba Father is lifted up, The Holy Spirit is lifted up each time His name is attached to a prayer. The name that is above every name.
Before God the Son was born of the Virgin Mary, Father God sent an angel to Joseph to let Him know this baby in the womb of Mary was conceived in her from His Holy Spirit. The angel told Joseph, who was having a hard time accepting Mary’s account of her pregnancy, to not be afraid to take Mary home as his wife. The messenger said, “She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins…The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’ ” Matthew 1: 21-22
Here in John, Jesus said He was not praying for the world, but rather specifically for the ones Father had given to Him. He asked for protection for them in His name. The name given unto Him for this work. So it is today for those of us who come to God in the name of Jesus. He prays to the Father for us. He prays for our protection and provision. He is our intercessor. The Word says, “Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25 In His name we are saved. In His name we are protected. In His name we are One with God, and with each other. Blessed be the Name that is above ALL names, JESUS
Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Let us live and walk in the power that is in it.
He is Love.