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6/15/16 – Jesus prays for you before His death

Published: Wednesday, 15 June 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.  I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.  For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.  John 17:13-19

When I finally found Chapters 14-17 in the book of John, I thought I had found the greatest treasure in the world.  Jesus begins to speak in Chapter 14 about preparing a place for us, and returning to take us with Him to heaven.  He finishes in Chapter 17 by speaking to God about us, and our relationship with Him and God (see the passage above.)  Every Believer should be aware of what Jesus says in these chapters.  Try to read them once per month to remember the promises that Jesus made to you and me.  These are the last words of Christ before His betrayal by Judas.  He had only a short time left before His death, and these last words are extremely powerful.

 

In the passage above, Jesus is telling God that He is coming to Him.  He knows about His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.  He says these things while He is in the world so that His Believers will have the full measure of His joy within them.  This joy that Believers are to have is not just His resurrection, but also the cross.  He died on the cross so that we would have God’s forgiveness for all of our sins; that should fill you with immense joy.  He goes on to say that He has given us God’s word.  However, His word has caused people of this world to hate us, because of the truth in God’s word.  I hope you can see that this is a current description of the world today.  People of the world do not want to hear about their sins and God’s forgiveness.

He reiterates that His believers are not of this world.  Even though you may be hated just like Jesus was hated, do you have an appreciation that God has separated you from this world?  It is interesting that Jesus prays that God will not remove you from this world even though you are hated.  Instead, He prays that God will protect you from the evil one, Satan. It is imperative that you realize that you belong and are protected by the God who created everything.  

The way a Believer is separated (sanctified) from this world is through the Word of God.  The Word of God was TRUTH when it was given to us, and it continues to be the only real TRUTH that we have today.  You must be a regular reader of the Bible to know what that TRUTH is and to live by it.  Only then can others see Jesus in you.  This is why Jesus adds that He has sent His Believers into this world.  Believers filled with the Holy Spirit represent the only power in this world that gives out the TRUTH about living a life of joy, peace, contentment, forgiveness, and love.  Without Believers going into the world, this world is condemned already.  Remember to read these chapters in John at least once per month, especially Chapter 17.  These are life-changing chapters. 

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