11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are, as I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them by Your name, the Name which You have given to Me, that they may be one even as We are.
12 When I was with them I kept and guarded them by Your Name, which You gave to Me, and none of them were lost, except the son of perdition, so that the scriptures should be fulfilled.
13 But now I am coming to You, and I say these things whilst in the world that they should have My joy fulfilled within themselves.
When someone is nearing the end of their life they might state that they are not of this world for much longer. They anticipate their dying breath. Some will anticipate the glory of going to be with Jesus, whilst others will face death with the fear of the unknown.
Jesus knew that the hour of His departure from this world had arrived. He also knew that He was going to be with the Father.
Do we know where we are going when we die? Have we got that certainty that Jesus had.
He knew that He was returning to the Father. In chapter 13.1 John stated this:
However, before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that His time (hour) had come that He should leave this world and go to the Father, He loved His own in this world, He loved them to the end.
Part of the joy of our salvation is the certain knowledge of going to be with Jesus when we breathe our last breath. Paul wrote:
Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord – 1 Corinthians 5.8 (NLT).
The way that we can be confident of this is through receiving Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Jesus clearly said:
6 Jesus said to him: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me – John 14.6.
Therefore, there is no need for anyone to be uncertain about their eternal future.
Although Jesus was leaving the world and going to the Father, the disciples were to be left in the world. Therefore, Jesus was praying for them. In His praying He addresses God as ‘Holy Father’.
As far as we know this is the only time that Jesus called God ‘Holy Father’. It is suggested that the reason was to show the contrast of the holiness of God from the wickedness of the world in which the disciples were living.
This is in agreement with the rest of the prayer of Jesus, which is for the Father to keep the disciples safe in His word. This is a holy protection.
All who belong to Jesus enjoy the same holy protection.