“I am not praying just for these followers. I am also praying for everyone else who will have faith because of what my followers will say about me.” John 17:20
That would be us. Jesus prayed for us. We were on his mind during the moments leading up to his arrest, trial, and execution.
I don’t know about you, but I find that pretty amazing. It may sound trite because it’s said so frequently that the words seem to have lost their power (for me, anyway), but the God of the Universe had me on His mind the moments leading up to the most significant event in creation’s history.
That’s kind of a big deal, don’t you think?
And then he was betrayed by one of his own. We do that every day, don’t we? How many times are we exactly like Judas? How many times have we denied knowing him like Peter did? How many times do we shout “Hosanna!” with our lips one day, then “Crucify him!” with our actions the next? How many times do we side with Barabbas instead of Jesus?
And Jesus still gave up his life for us.
That, friends, is amazing grace.