Before Jesus left earth, He tried to prepare His disciples and through them, prepare us as well for those storms, winds, and seas. He taught. He preached. And He prayed.
Text: John 17:13-26
Vs. 13 Full measure of My joy within them.
- Christian joy is a feeling of great pleasure in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as He causes us to see the glory of Christ in the His word, in the world and through His people.
Vs. 15 – “Not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.”
- Jesus didn’t ask that we would be protected from trials, tribulations or disappointments and setbacks but that the Father would our faith from being damaged by the lies of the evil one as we go through life as it is and will be.
Vs. 17 – “Sanctify them by the truth”
- Set them apart by revealing to them the truth. Help them see beyond physical sight.
Vs. 21 – “That all of them may be one”
- Ephesians 4:4 “There is One body and One Spirit.” We are one. And one day we will be brought to complete unity.
Vs. 24 – That we would be with Him and to see His glory.
- In this life our greatest pleasures are but foretastes. One day we will taste and see the full glory of Jesus Christ.
Vs. 26 – That the love of the Father for Jesus would be in us.
- That we would realize God loves us as much as He loves the Son.
Vs. 26 – That He would be in us.
- He is not just standing in the fire with us while living in us. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
As we stand in these turbulent times let us remember Jesus prayed for us and continues to intercede for us. And let us remember God is Faithful.
- God’s faithfulness means He is reliable, steadfast and unwavering.
- God does not have to work at being faithful; faithfulness is an essential part of who He is.
- Isaiah 46:4 “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
We’ve come this far by faith. Our support for each other as we go through the fire comes from God. So let us not move forward trusting in our plans, our performance or our personalities but in God’s faithfulness to Jesus’ prayers and His promises.