Eyewitness p. 232
NASB: John 14:10; 17:11-19
NLT: John 17:13,14
In Your Bible: John 17:11-19
Jesus continues the conversation with his Father. He recounts that he protected the disciples from the hazards of the world, showed them how to resist the devil, taught them how to heal infirmities, and comforted those in need. Then he released them into his Fathers’ hands. The disciples remained behind to fulfill the purpose of God.
Filled with Joy
Jesus earnestly desired his disciples to have God’s joy in the trial they would pass through as he leaves them. He verifies his task is complete, “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word” (John 17:13,14 NLT).
Holy and Sanctified by the Truth
Jesus appeals to the Father . . . “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth” (John 17:17-19 NLT).
Remember, Jesus told the disciples . . . “The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works” (John 14:10 NASB).
After the disciples were prepared and sanctified by the Father’s truth, Jesus readies for his departure. The disciples remain behind to fulfill the purpose of God.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the Word which sanctifies and sets me apart to do your good works.
Questions: We know God sanctifies believers. Have you considered the simplicity of His Word completing that task?
Part three of a series.
“I do not pray for you to take them out of the world, but that you would protect them from that which is evil” (John 17:15 Eyewitness).
Eyewitness: p. 232
In Your Bible: John 17:13-19
Jesus continued in prayer to the Father. He has protected the disciples from the hazards of the world. He showed them how to resist the devil, how to heal infirmities, and how to comfort those who resist God. Then Jesus released them to his Father’s hands. Believers stay behind so Jesus’ purpose would be fulfilled.
Jesus states none have been lost under his protection except one [Judas]. His desire is for the disciples [and all who follow] to have abundant joy because of what he taught and showed them – God’s message. All these who are mine belong to you, and all who are yours belong to me, so they may bring me glory (John 17:10 THE MESSAGE).
Consecrated by Truth
Make them holy – consecrated – with the truth; Your word is consecrating truth. In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world. I’m consecrating myself for their sakes So they’ll be truth – consecrated in their mission (John 17:17-19 THE MESSAGE).
When Jesus prayed he showed great intent: All believers to be holy, consecrated, and to help others find God.
Application: God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus/the Word are consecrators – holy makers! Stated here, the believers mission is to bring others to Jesus.
Prayer: Father, thank you illuminating words of life. They make us holy and consecrated – set apart for you. I want others to know this deep joy.
Question: Why do you suppose God did not take believers out of the world? What does holy mean to you? Have you considered believers holy and set apart for His work?