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Jesus Prays for Us

Jesus Prays for Us

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BY ROBERT WALKER


John xvi. 26, 27.

In that day ye shall ask in my name : and I say not un-
to you, that I will pray the Father for you; for the
Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me,
and have believed that I came out from God.
BY ROBERT WALKER


John xvi. 26, 27.

In that day ye shall ask in my name : and I say not un-
to you, that I will pray the Father for you; for the
Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me,
and have believed that I came out from God.

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JESUS PRAYS FOR USBY ROBERT WALKER John xvi. 26, 27.In that day ye shall ask in my name : and I say not un-to you, that I will pray the Father for you; for theFather himself loveth you, because ye have loved me,and have believed that I came out from God.A HESE words spake Jesus, to support the droopingspirits of his disciples. We are told, in the 6th verse,^' that sorrow had filled their hearts.'' Although theydid not fully understand the intimations he had giventhem of his approaching suiferings and death, althoughtheir warm affection for him made them slow to believean event so contrary to their expectations and desires ;yet the manner in which he had been speaking to them,for some time past, and the unusual tenderness whichhad of late appeared in his discourses to them, left themno room to doubt, that some sore and heavy trial wasat hand. Jesus perceiving their grief, begins to tell themmore plainly of his departure from them ; but at thesame time gives them such good reasons for it, as couldnot fail to quiet their minds, and to convince them thathis leaving them, instead of being a disaster, was everyway necessary for their best interests and happiness.*' It is expedient for you," says he, in the 7tb verse,^' that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforterwill not come unto you ; but if I depart, I will send him310 SERMO LVIII.unto you." As if he had said "The work given me to
 
do is not yet iinished : I must yet suifer more before Ican reign ; but after my exaltation, to which my death isa previous and necessary step, I will send forth theComforter, who shall fully supply my place, and makeup to you for my bodily absence. What though you shallno more hear instruction from these lips, you shall havea teacher within you, even the Spirit of truth, who shallguide you into all truth. Whilst I am yet with you, youhave indeed ready access to me, for counsel and direc-tion, in every case of hazard and perplexity; and per-haps you fear that when I am taken from you, you shallwant a friend to apply to ; but know and rejoice, that Igo to my Father who is greater than I, to him you shallhave free access for my sake; and whatever ye shallask in my name, he shall give it unto you. If I have be-friended you so much in my present humble condition,what may you not expect from me, when I am exaltedat my Father's right hand."It is this last ground of comfort which our Saviourenlarges upon in the verses now under consideration;and the design of them is, to confirm his disciples in thebelief of this, that whatever suitable prayer they shalloJGTer up to the Father in his name, they may assuredlyexpect a gracious answer. The argument he uses forthis purpose is very conclusive, and is no where else inScripture, that I know of, expressed with the same de-gree of energy and force. *' I say not unto you, that Iwill pray the Father for you, for the Father himself lov-eth you.'" That is, My Father is so fully satisfied withmy undertakitjg ior the redemption of the world, andmy sufferings and obedience are so meritorious and ac-ceptable in his sight, that even though I were to concealfrom you that I am to be your constant intercessor andSERMO LVIIl 311advocate in heaven, all of you who love lue and believe
 
in me, have abundant reason to expect a favourable hear-ing from the Father himself: " for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believ.ed that I came out from God." And if the Father is al-ready so much disposed to hear our prayers, how greatmust their encouragement be, and how strong their con-solation, who know besides that their Redeemer livethto enforce their requests ; that he maketh intercessionfor them, according to tlie will of God ; that his media-tion must be always effectual ; and that him the Fatherheareth always. These are joyful tidings indeed, andmust make a strong impression on every one whose con-science testifies that he loves the Redeemer, and believesthat he came out from God. The Father is fully recon-ciled to him, the Son constantly prays for him at thethrone of heaven ; and what may he not then expect fromthe fulness of him who filleth all in all? But that wemay have a more complete view of the comfort whichthis text presents to us, I shall separately consider,I. The love of the Father,II. The intercession of the Son.III. The security which believers derive from themboth, as inseparably united together.I. then. Let us take a view of the love of God sepa-rately from the intercession of our blessed Redeemer.And, for our better conceiving of this, let us consider thatremarkable declaration which we have, (John iii. l6,17.) ^' God so loved the world, that he gave his onlybejjjotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shouldn t perish, but have everlasting life; for God sent nothis Son into tlie world to condemn the world, but thatthe world through him might be saved." It was theFaiher who laid the plan of our redemption. It was he

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