There is a line that should not be crossed between student and teacher. Unfortunately, that line has been tested far too often according to the news. Too many students are becoming ‘involved’ with their teachers..and vice versa.
This line is a protection. You have someone who is older; who supposedly knows more of the ways of the world and its pitfalls; who is supposedly wiser; who has supposedly developed discipline, dedication, and self-control. (Note the ‘supposedly’ here.) I say, ‘supposedly’ because in our eagerness to allow everyone to forgo rules and the ‘black-and-white’ restrictions over society, we have managed to make people believe that the answers in life are all gray areas with no limits.
Is it any wonder that the tentative boundaries of control that we once had on society is beginning to show signs of cracking?
Jesus came from God as Saviour and teacher. As such, He was bound by some earthly restrictions in that He could not FORCE those here to accept Him. As God, He has no such constraint. Every knee shall eventually bend in God’s presence just as every tongue shall praise. It will make no difference whether we WANT to do this. His glory will overwhelm us so greatly that we would not even question it.
Here in these verses, Jesus is praying about those that were and were yet to come. He had come to teach His disciples whom He had chosen and also those who were given the ‘spirit’ from God to accept His Divinity during the time He walked our earth. He was also, however, making it clear that He understood that the plan God had created for Him would go on to impact the future. WE are now given to Him, and through Him to God by the acceptance of His sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus as teacher; humanity as students. His words left for our reflection, application, and implementation.
John 17: 6- 10- I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
Son of God on earth.
The Christ who gave us the words of God prays for us.
We, who deserve nothing, witness Jesus claiming us before God. He knows many will not believe and marks this in this prayer. For them, He can do no more than He has…but for us He is serving notice to God that He is on the way to fulfilling God’s plan and allowing those ‘students who believe’ to be a reflection of His glory by claiming Him as their Savior.
As students to the greatest teacher on earth, it would be wise of us to remember that by studying and claiming Him, we have a responsibility to be aware of our actions in our daily lives…