Archive for August 2nd, 2018

John 17:15-26

In John 17:15-26 Jesus makes it clear that He wasn’t asking the Father to remove His disciples from the world, but rather to protect them.  We are in the world, but we should not be of the world. “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from Satan’s power.” We need to call on God’s power to resist the enemy.  We should not just fit in. “They are not part of this world any more than I am.” As Christ Followers, we ought to live differently and be a light that shines brightly for the world around us.  God’s word is the lamp for our feet and we should use it to light the path. “Make them pure and holy through teaching them your words of truth.”

Jesus knows He is sending His disciples out into a challenging world.  It’s the same thing He does with you and me.  We are to be salt and light in the darkness. “As you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world, and I consecrate myself to meet their need for growth in truth and holiness.” His preparation for the hate of the world extends beyond the disciples of His day to all of us as Christ Followers. “I am not praying for these alone but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these.” But He also gives us a glimpse of the strategy of discipleship – life on life leading others to follow Him.

Jesus knows the world will attempt to separate and scatter the disciples. “My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.” We need each other and the Trinity shows us how connected we need to be.  Unity is an important part of success as a Christ Follower, along with a deep relationship with Jesus. “I have given them the glory you gave me—the glorious unity of being one, as we are— I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one—so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.”

Jesus knows exactly the outcome He wants for His disciples. “Father, I want them with me—these you’ve given me—so that they can see my glory. You gave me the glory because you loved me before the world began!” They have grown and understand who Jesus truly is.  “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.” Jesus showed His love for us on the Cross, and we need to grab onto that and allow the love of Christ to penetrate our hearts.  “And I have revealed you to them and will keep on revealing you so that the mighty love you have for me may be in them, and I in them.” Jesus loves us and we should soak in that love.

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