So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. Unity exists through prayer. That is exactly what Jesus did. During the last half of the Easter Season, we have been listening to Jesus in the Upper Room just a few hours before Judas betrayed Him. Retrieved from, Richard E. Gribble, CSC, “Reevaluating Our Mission for Christ”. This is not what these words mean in the Bible. When he said “It is finished!” he was giving a strong affirmation that the work God gave him to do during his time on earth was now finished. He prayed, I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word. Jesus did not pray that all believers would agree. The Gospel that we just heard is only the first half of the prayer. Although we are one in faith, we have to put that faith into action, especially by being one in service. Again, He would not be with them to care for them as he had before. It is in serving that our faith becomes real. I encourage you to take the time to read the entire prayer. The words I am thinking of are: And if our backs should ever be against the wall, In order for our unity to be successful, we have to learn to work together in the things we are to do. He prays for us because he knows that the world will reject our message. He knows what is coming. One only has to think of the Holocaust or genocides like those that took place in Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur and other places to see that this is true. One of the things we do regularly in our morning worship services is to recite the Lord's Prayer together at the end of the opening prayer. One personal story comes to mind. Several years ago, when I was working for a local lumber mill, the company had a contest where the employees were encouraged to come up with a slogan that portrayed the company’s mission. He said: We are a church in which divergent/opposing theologies are able to exist and stimulate each other when we focus on our relationship with Jesus Christ. We are to be one with each other just like Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are one with each other. 3And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. At the wedding in Cana Jesus had a conversation with His mother. Christ’s unity still exists today, as can be seen through the local ministerial association and the local food bank. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. And so it is that He begins, Father, the hour has come. (John 17:1). When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour has come. (John 17:1) The Gospel according to John speaks frequently of this hour. Introduction. Because my preaching schedule varies, the frequency of postings will vary. (John 7:30) And again: These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. Something else that Jesus prayed was for unity. By coming together, we have even greater power. Within the Bible, glory is lowly service. The true religion knows the only true God, and Jesus Christ who was sent from God. We must never give up in the face of persecution, because Jesus never gave up, even when he was on the cross. Retrieved from, Exegesis for John 17:1-11. Jeffrey T. Howard Sermon – “The Transformation of Peter” – Acts 5:27-32 Beaver Dam and Pitts Creek Churches April 11, 2010 Listen ... Sermon – Matthew 6:25-33 Don’t Worry be Thankful. Unfortunately in our world, divisions can and do happen, often with negative consequences. God poured out the Holy Spirit to call us by the Gospel and enlighten us with His gifts. He, their teacher and their friend, would be arrested, hung on a cross, and buried in a tomb. Part of Wordsearch Bible software package, Notes from Peter Anthony’s Bible Study on the Gospel of John, Fall 2010-Winter 2011, Jim Collins, “Success Scripture of the Wee”. Jeffrey T. Howard Sermon – Psalm 98 – Sing A New Song Eagle Rock Presbyterian Church May 17, 2009 Listen to this sermon.