Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
In coming days, many of us will have
opportunity to sing Charles Wesley’s
Easter hymn, “Christ the Lord Is Risen
Today.” The fourth verse proclaims:
“Soar we now where Christ has led,
following our exalted Head; made like
him, like him we rise; ours the cross,
the grave, the skies, Alleluia!” We will
together affirm our hope in the future
that Christ Himself prayed for more than
2,000 years ago.
Today we’ll continue the reading from
the passage we began yesterday. This
is Jesus’ Passion-week intercession for
“those who will believe in me through
[the Apostles’] message” (v. 20). In other
words, we are reading Jesus’ prayer for
us. It is a prayer both simple and radical:
Christ prays that we would be made
so completely one that our unity would
be like the unity of the Father and Son
within the Trinity.
Just as Christ’s prayer for His disciples
(which we studied yesterday) flows
naturally into prayer for those who
come to faith through their teaching,
His prayer for all believers is also a
prayer with greater implications. He
asks that all Christians would be unified
in love for the sake of their testimony
in the world. As the early church father
Tertullian explained, the instinctive
response of the world to the church
ought to be: “See how they love one
When we pray for one another—when
we ask the Father to unify His church, to
pour out His love among us, and to take
us to be in His presence forever—we
are adding our “Amen” to the prayers
that Jesus prayed just hours before
His crucifixion. And we pray with great
confidence, knowing that we will one
day soar together where Christ has led.
Apply the Word
Our Easter-week observance might include singing glorious hymns, celebrating the Lord’s Supper, and gathering to hear God’s Word preached. We may have times of feasting and fellowship with family and friends. Let’s also remember that prayer was an important element of Christ’s final hours and make room for intercession in our schedule.
Pray with Us
We ask the Holy Spirit encourage Dr. Bryan O’Neal, vice president and dean of Moody Distance Learning. May God bless his leadership in bringing a Moody education for those who study while keeping commitments to their families and work.