John 17:6–19 NRSV – “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 17:7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 17:8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 17:9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 17:10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 17:11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 17:12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 17:13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 17:14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17:15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 17:16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 17:18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Summary – This text is part of the “High Priestly Prayer” given in the Upper Room at the Last Supper. The emphasis is in vs 8: “As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. ” Christ came to change the world through these men who would then change others. The means of their change and transformation from ordinary disciples is the Word of God: “John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” Through His Word, the disciples would be those who would bear much fruit in terms of disciples., following Jesus (John 15:16).
Insight – Have you ever gone on trip? What was the purpose? Was it to see a family member or just a getaway trip? Was it just to see another part of the country or to go on vacation? Have you gone on a “missions trip”? Jesus did. Jesus left a place of ultimate comfort and pleasure to become our Savior in a fallen world of pain and trouble. He was “sent” into the world for us. As a result, the disciples of Jesus (like those in the Upper Room) are to go somewhere else to reach others. It is hard for us to “leave” a place of comfort, but Jesus did that and so do His disciples. Where is God calling you to go? Perhaps it is not to traverse the world in search of lost souls, but only to go next door and show kindness to your neighbors. Perhaps you need not become an actual missionary, but just be more faithful to the mission of your local church or a community mission. To be prepared for any service in God’s Kingdom, we must know His Word.
Child Catechism – What is truth? Thy Word is truth.
Discussion – Since we are to be Sanctified by Thy truth, how can we learn God’s Word better? Do you read the Bible regularly? Do you practice memorizing Scripture? Do you study the Word?
Prayer – O Lord God, Creator of all, we thank you for revealing yourself in the Scriptures and fully in your incarnate Son, Grant that we may know you through Christ the one who came to save us through is death and resurrection and thank you for giving your Word, may we grow in Him by reading, studying and memorizing Scripture, in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.