In the upper room, Jesus told his disciple a great deal about what was soon to happen. He told them, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” He also promised to send the Holy Spirit who would “guide [them] into all the truth” (John 16:12,13).
Just before leaving the upper room, Jesus prayed, “Father, the hour has come” (John 17:1). He would soon leave on a journey that would end with his suffering and death on the cross. He prayed that his Father in heaven would glorify him as he completed his work. He went on to pray for his disciples and also for us—“those who will believe in me through their message” (John 17:20), that is, the message of his apostles.
Our Savior’s vision of the future did not abruptly end with his death. He had spoken of his resurrection after his death, but he saw even beyond his resurrection. He had spent his earthly ministry gathering and training these men. He would send them out—minus the one he knew would lead an arresting cohort of soldiers.
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Author: John A. Braun
Volume 108, Number 5
Issue: May 2021