Jesus always knew His destiny. He always knew that His purpose on earth to save mankind from sin and provide a path once again to the Father would require a horrifying and unthinkable death. It would be a death that He would experience not only as the Son of God, but as a human. So Jesus knew what the end would bring. That is why it is so amazing that right before His betrayal and arrest in Gethsemane, Jesus prayed…..for us! His last thought before being taken to His death was for His followers, not just those who were there, but all those who would believe in Him through the preaching of the Word. His prayer was for unity. The unity of the body of Christ was so important to Jesus that, while facing unimaginable torture and death, He prayed that His followers would be one. But in praying this prayer, He also had unbelievers in mind because He prayed that the world will know Jesus through the unity of the believers and their love for one another. Even in His most agonizing moments, Jesus couldn’t stop thinking about souls. This is unending love!
23 This Jesus, when delivered up according to the definite and fixed purpose and settled plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and put out of the way [killing Him] by the hands of lawless and wicked men. Acts 2:23 (AMP)
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. John 17:20-23 (NLT)