After teaching his disciples many things about himself, the world, and the things to come, Jesus concluded his last evening with his disciples in prayer to the Father. And he concluded his prayer with the words in this text. As the old saying goes, you can learn a lot about a man by listening in on his prayers.
God will undo the curse and release His creation through the resurrection. In Christ, it’s already taken place. We’re next. But until then, we find healing in the fruits of His cross. By faith in Christ, the curse is lifted now. In hope, we wait for the curse to be lifted forever.
Now, in the New Testament, the number for the Church remains twelve as Jesus calls twelve Apostles to be trained by Him to carry out the ministry following His ascension. Thus, with Judas being gone, the Apostles feel the need to add one to the number to maintain the proper amount.