Chapter 17 in the Gospel of John records Jesus final prayer for His disciples before He was crucified. These words, therefore, are important for all Christians.
In this prayer, Jesus expresses three desires for all of His followers:
- That we would be united with God.
- That we would be united to each other.
- That we would go into the world on mission.
Hear His words for the church . . .
Be United with God
“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you.” (v. 9)
“Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.” (v.17)
“. . . And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.“ (v. 21)
Be United with Each Other
“I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. . . .” (v.21)
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.“ (v. 22)
“May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.“ (v.23)
Go to the World
“I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.“ (v. 15)
“Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.“ (v.18)
Dear church, this is God’s word for you today, and every day.
Be united with Him.
Be united with other Christians.
Go spread the gospel.
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