As we approach Good Friday we see little evidence of change from the events that took place over three days over 2000 years ago.
The world is more conflicted it seems than ever before and further away from God who created it than ever in history. We live in dark and dangerous times.
But it was dark and dangerous during Jesus final days as well. In the last conversation he will have with all of His disciples this side of the cross, Jesus explains what is about to take place.
Then John 17 records His prayer before He goes to the garden of Gethseame.
In these dark times we can take comfort in this prayer. He prays for His disciples and then He prays for those to come down through the years.
You and I.
And in this prayer He prays for two critical things that it is good for us to remember as we face the challenges of this world.
He prays for those who will believe in Him through the message of the twelve (minus one) who will now carry the Good News to the far corners of the world, a message that will endure and thrive even in the most difficult circumstances from then to today.
He prays for oneness- a unity in the message that will transcend generations, borders, language and race.
A message that will heal the broken, set captives free and in the process restore relationships to the Father who was willing to give the very best to make that happen.
He prayed for you and I and all those who would come before us and after us.
I believe that is a prayer that will be answered.
If you are following Him today in Spirit and in Truth you are evidence it has been answered.
Go tell someone.
He is risen.
The power of sin and death defeated.
Heavens gates are open wide!
Lift your head weary sinner, the river’s just ahead
Down the path of forgiveness, salvation’s waiting there
You built a mighty fortress 10, 000 burdens high
Love is here to lift you up, here to lift you high
If you’re lost and wandering
Come stumbling in like a prodigal child
See the walls start crumbling
Let the gates of glory open wide.
Songwriters: David Crowder / Ed Cash / Seth Philpott
Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) lyrics © Music Services, Inc