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Sunday, May 19, 2019

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JESUS’ HIGH PRIESTLY PRAYER

 

John 17:1-26

Key Verse 17:1

 

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”

 

First, Jesus prays, Glorify me” (1-5). In the previous passage, we learned that the disciples finally understood the meaning of Jesus’ death – iwould not just be separation from them or complete loss but Jesus’ journey back to the Father’s house. When the disciples accepted this, He was happy. Soonthe time would come for the disciples to be scattered, and Jesus would face His suffering and death only to rise again on the third day. But before all this, ch.17 records the prayer that He offered to God as God’s missionary. God sent Jesus into the world for a very special mission, and now, He was bringing His mission report to God. 

 

In verses 1 through 5, Jesus first offered a prayer for Himself. What was His prayer topic? He prayed, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son,…” It was the time for Jesus to be arrested, suffer and die so painfully, sit seems like He should have been sorrowful and afraid. But instead He was so victorious and confident, saying“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” Jesus was notdepressed. He was not fearful. He was not like other people who freak out when they face terrible moments in their lives. Rather, His attitude was that of a conqueror’s

 

Jesus’ prayer topic for himself was “Glorify your Son.” The word, “glorify” means “to be revealed, especially of God." Humans reveal their ugly, sinful, and terrible nature, showing that this is how we really areBut God also reveals who He truly is. When His character of love, humility, and patience, or His willplan, and power are revealed, it shows that He is truly awesome, wonderful, and fantastic; simply, He is glorious! Now Jesus’ one single desire was that He might be revealed to the world as God through His death on the cross. Jesus lived as a human being. His outward appearance was not so glamorous andHis human background was not so impressive. Because of this, people despised Him and rejected Him until He became a man of sorrows. But actually, His God who was with God the Father in the beginning; Hwas glorious. Now, Jesus wanted to be revealed to the world as the Creator God through His death on the cross. His suffering and death look like a complete lossbut there at the cross we find how much Jesus loves us. Hispassionate love for terrible sinners like you and me is beyond description. There at the cross, we also see Jesus’ complete obedience to God’s will. When His mission was to die so painfully and shamefully as the ransom sacrifice for wicked sinners, Jesus accepted it. His humility and submission to His Father are perfect.  At the cross, Jesus’ glory and beauty as God would be powerfully revealed and people would be amazed because only God can do such a thing. We are children of God, but how can we be revealed as we really are while living in this human body?  When our pride is scratched even just a little bit or when we are asked to do something that we don’t like, our sinful nature wants us to rebel and we cry out, “Excuse me?!”  But Jesus’ example shows that when our obedience to God’s will is complete and when we submit ourselves to God’s command to the end, there our glory is revealed as sons anddaughters of God. In this way, obeying God's command absolutely is our glory.

Why did Jesus want to be glorified? Jesus says, Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” The reason why Jesus wanted to be glorified was so that He would reveal God to the world. Once Jesus was revealed as God, then, how perfectly great the Father must be to whom Jesus showed His absolute obedience and submission to. Also, when Jesus was revealed as the Son of God, then, God the Father's wisdom and unfailing love for fallen mankind would be powerfully manifested insacrificing His beloved Son for them. 

 

Jesus also says, "For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him." The reason why Jesus wanted to be glorified was because He was indeed a glorious person who had authority over all people. Then with this authority, Jesus gives eternal life to all those God gave him.

 

Look at verse 3. Let’s read this verse together: 

 

3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

 

Here, Jesus gives us the definition of eternal life, zoe; it is to know God and his Son Jesus. He did not say that when we know God, we will receive eternal life, but he says that knowing God is eternal life. What does it mean that knowing God and the Christ is eternal life? Here, "knowing" is not about having someinformation or knowledge through reading the Bible or by listening to what others say about the Bible. Many people think that when they have some knowledge or understanding about God and Jesus, then they will have eternal life. But, if they don’t have eternal life now, it means that they don’t know Jesus but just have some knowledge of Him. Here "knowing" is knowing intimately through having a real relationship with Him. For example, God is love. This expression shows us what kind of person God is - He is love itself. When He sees you, his heart goes after you with immense affection. His intention is only good for you. His desires and plans are for your wellbeing and happinessthere is no second thought and no record of wrong in His heart. When you really know that God is love for you, how would you be? You would be truly happy and satisfied because you now have someone who really loves you and you no longer have to seek to quench your thirst with romantic movies, Korean dramas, or telenovelas. That complete satisfaction is eternal life.When you know God, you taste and experience eternal life. So Jesus proclaims that knowing God is indeed eternal life. Apostle Paul describes the greatness of knowing Jesus, saying, "I consider everything loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things" (Phil 3:8).  People think that they are so blessed if they win the Lotto.  But Apostle Paul says, “Man, I got something far greater than that and it’s knowing Jesus!”  When we know Godand experience His person, power, grace, or whatever of God,we come to have such inexpressible peace in us that we become completely fulfilled and we are released from our burdens,agonies, anxieties, sorrows and loneliness. We are filled with joy and we can boldly testify that now we can understand the wonderful fulfillment that the other great servants in the Bible enjoyed through having a relationship with God.  Then, our Christian life becomes so abundant. Knowing God and Jesus Christ is eternal life. We must pursue God wholeheartedly so that we may come to know God and His character very personally and enjoy this eternal life all the more.

 

Jesus says in verse 4, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” As Jesus served God's work, there were many challenging moments due to persecutions, financial difficulties, or even sometimes temptations. If for any reason Jesus stopped serving God's work, then God's glory would not have been revealed in His life. But Jesus could reveal the glory of God by completing the work God assigned Him to do through His death on the cross. How happy and victorious Jesus was when He had completed God's missionand revealed God's glory to the world. 

 

Jesus' testimony shows us how we can reveal God's glory to the world and that is by completing the mission God has given us. If, for any reason, we give up and do not serve God's mission any longer, we cannot reveal the glory of God. Then, at the end of our life, we will be full of regret because of how we have failed God. Who can reveal the glory of God? Those who complete God's mission! How happy we will be when we can share the same testimony Jesus gave, saying, "Father, I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do." May we all may live a victorious life by remaining faithful to God's mission to the end.  Jesus concludes His prayer for Himself, saying, “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”

 

 

From this passage, I was so touched to learn about Jesus’ passionate desire to be glorified as God through His death on the cross.  Throughout my life, my understanding of glory was from a worldly perspective, thinking that when a person had outward blessings of materialism and success, then that was glorious.  I have heard people say that they can glorify God through academic success, high positions, wealth, and prosperity.  But Jesus did not mention about these things at all.  Instead, He saw that His death on the cross would be the means through which He would be glorified.  Outwardly, being crucified does not look glorious at all but instead horrendous and shameful.  But at this moment right before He would suffer so painfully and die on the cross, Jesus was not dejected or bitter but instead was hopeful and confident, believing that through His death, many people would come to recognize His true glory as God.  There on the cross, Jesus’ complete submission, obedience, humility, and beauty as God would be revealed and many people around the world would come to accept who He is as their Lord and Savior and receive salvation.  So Jesus earnestly prayed, “Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”  

While growing up poor in Palos Verdes, my heart and mind were captivated by the fancy cars and big houses that I saw all around me and I made it my goal in life to also become successful.  I saw how my cousins grew up with many privileges and luxuries that I did not have.  They lived in a big house with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean in a gated community in Palos Verdes.  They had a full-size tennis court in their backyard and a horse and stable.  When I saw all of this, I made a decision that when I grew up, I would live in that kind of a way and that my children would grow up with the privileges that I never had. My value system was aligned with the world’s and I wanted to live a “glorious” life that the world advertised.  I wanted to bring glory and honor to myself through outward prosperity.  But when God touched my heart with One Word of God through John 1:48 I was so amazed to learn that Jesus is my God who really knows me and all the pains, struggles, and desires that I had.  When I accepted this, the barriers that I had built around my heart crumbled down; I saw that there was no need for me to try to prove to people that I too could live a successful, materialistic life but instead live before God, the One who knows me and loves me so personally.  Since then God has been working hard to purify my heart from the deeply rooted worldly desires, values, and influences that have been planted in me.  My mission life and practical life have had many ups and downs, many victorious moments and many painful moments.  I taught 22 Bible Studies, failed the nursing program at LAHC, was publicly attacked and persecuted both by sheep and family, got admitted into the nation’s number one occupational therapy program at USC, couldn’t get pregnant, witnessed my sheep marry for God’s purpose and be established in housechurches, and I have been blessed with a miracle baby.  Through all of these moments, I learn that God wants me to glorify Him and reveal His name, His Person, and His greatness in and through my life.  My life direction, struggle, and purpose have changed from glorifying myself to glorifying God both in the times of sufferings and challenges and in the time of blessings. My prayer topic is to reveal God’s person, His character, and His image through my life, service, and dedication to Him.  So rather than living to secure a materialistic life for myself and for my family, Shepherd Anthony and I spend lots of money to send our daughter to babysitters so that after work we may be free to go to campus to fish and teach students the Word of God.  Outwardly, denying myself and picking up my cross of mission do not look glorious.  But in doing so, I am co-working together with God so that students on my campus may have the chance to meet Jesus as their God very personally and this brings great glory to Him.  In living for Jesus as a Bible teacher and shepherdess, I have and am continuing to experience the really dynamic, purposeful, and joyful life of zoe that is available for those who submit to God and obey His mission.  Knowing Jesus’ deep and compassionate heart for a terrible sinner like me is indeed  eternal life.  I praise God because only He can transform me, a hopeless and self-seeking sinner, into one who lives for His glory.

 

One Word:  Glorify God!

 

Second, “Sanctify them” (6-19). In verses 6 through 14, Jesus gives his mission report to God who sent him. During his mission here on earth, Jesus found his disciples and raised them to be his successors after his departure. Jesus says in verse 6, "I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world." Jesus also says in verse 8, "Now I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them." When he found his disciples, he did mainly two things - he revealed God to them so that they might come to know God personally; they were God's, but since they had been in the world, they did not know God like who their God was, what kind of person He was, what he had in mind to do, and what He wanted for them to do. The other thing Jesus did was to teach them the word of God. Eventually, God's word reveals God - God's person, God's will and God's plan. Earlier in verse 3, Jesus said that knowing God is eternal life. So, Jesus focused on revealing God to thedisciples. In this way, he let his disciples know God - Jesus was a mediator between God and his disciples. This is what Jesus does whenever he finds his disciples - revealing God to them through his words. 

 

Now, Jesus offers his prayer topic for his disciples. Jesus was returning to His Father who had sent him leaving his disciples behind. So he asked his Father to take care of them. Look at verse 11. 11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.” Jesus’ prayer topic for his disciples was, “Protect them.” While Jesus was with them, he took care of them and protected them from all kinds of attacks. Sometimes, Satan attacked them through visible human beings such as the Pharisees or family members. Sometimes, Satan attacked them invisibly through their humanistic way of thinking. But under Jesus’ care and protection, the disciples were kept sound and secure and they could grow up continually. But now Jesus would not be with them physically any more. They were still young and immature, while the enemy was powerful and skillful. So Jesus prayed to God, saying, “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name.” Jesus never believed in the saying, “Once saved, always saved.” But because he understood the nature of the battle they were involved in, he humbly knelt down, and offered his earnest prayer for his disciples, saying, “Holy Father, protect them.” 

 

Look at verse 11 one more time. Let’s read this verse together.

 

11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.

 

Here, the last phrase, “so that they may be one as we are one,” shows the end result of the disciples being protected. When they are protected, they keep their unity and remain as one army for God, but when they are not protected from the evil one, they do not remain as one; instead, their unity is damaged, and they are divided and eventually destroyed. God’s will is that Jesus’ disciples may remain in unity. On the other hand, Satan’s will is to attack the disciples, damage and destroy their unity so that they may not be one – this is Satan’s work – we must not allow anything that can damage our unity as Jesus' disciples. One time, Satan used Simon Peter to attack Jesus through his humanistic mindset. We must have the things of God in mind such as: his kingdom, his name, his will, and his gloryWe must not have the things of men in mind such as being family orientedwhole heartedly pursuing careerthinking of marriage things, and even human relationship things. Also we must fight against any hint of doubt – that’s how Adam and Eve lost all things when they doubted the love of God for them; we must fight against sin; we must repent of any hint of pride, because there is no room for pride to exist in God – God is humble, and that is the key in forming the unity. Anything that builds us up in the unity among the disciples is from God, but anything that breaks this unity is from the evil one. We must strive to build up this unity in Jesus so that we can be one as Jesus' disciples.  

 

Look at verse 17. Jesus says, 17Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” Now Jesus offers his second prayer topic for the disciples – sanctify them. When we think about this prayer topic with the previous one in mind – protect them from the evil one, we can see that they are not two separate prayer topics, but one. The disciples can be protected from the evil one when they are sanctified. If any disciple wants to be protected from the evil one, he or she must be sanctified fully; otherwise, he or she is an easy prey for the enemy. So, sanctification is a must for all of Jesus’ disciples. Are you Jesus’ disciples? Then you must be sanctified? By the way, what does it mean to be sanctified? The same word for "sanctify" in the Old Testament is “consecrate” or “holy,” which mean “set apart for God.” Whatever is set apart for God is holy, sacred; it is consecrated or(in other words) sanctified. We remember what happened in the book of Daniel when King Belshazzar had the silver and golden goblets that were from the temple of God in Jerusalem brought to his banquet where his guests drank out of them. That same night King Belshazzar was slain and Babylon fell. The silver and gold goblets from the temple of God in Jerusalem were not to be used for mundane purposes. But they were set apart for God’s purpose alone. It is the same as if you had 10 donkeys and one of them was set apart for God. That one donkey that is set apart must not be used for mundane purposes but for God alone.

Jesus’ prayer, “Sanctify them,” shows Jesus’ earnest desire for his disciples to be set apart for God that their life may be used and consumed for God’s purpose completely. But at that time, they were still young and immature, pretty spiritually blind.  Their inner persons were not fully changed, and they were still earthbound in that their desire was for the things of the world such as fame or even power. Their bodies were following Jesus, but their inner persons, hearts, desires, hopes and lives were not fully dedicated to God’s purpose – they were still worldly and humanistic. And because of their unsanctified desires and hearts, dreams and lifestyles, they were very vulnerable to the enemy’s attack, and they were weak and fragile. Even as Jesus was about to leave them, they still looked very weak, having so many holes in their spiritual guard. So Jesus prayed for them that God might protect them from the enemy by sanctifying them, because when their hearts and dreams and lives were fully dedicated to God, when they were fully set aside for God’s purpose, then, they would be so strong and powerful that the enemy would not be able to do anything harmful to them. Instead, they would serve God’s purpose wholeheartedly with a single hearted devotion and they would be used by God so preciously. 

 

Many people hesitate to commit themselves to God fully for various reasons, but mainly for the fear of losing control over their life; so they do only what they are asked to do in their relationship with God  they stick to doing the bare minimum. In that way they are not wholehearted and thereby, they are not sanctified; as a result, they are vulnerable and God’s will cannot be fulfilled in their life. When we see anyone that way, our heart is filled with anguish and we are troubled, because they can fall at any time. So, many shepherds and shepherdesses cry out to God in prayer, shedding tears, “O Lord, have mercy on them and help them.” They ask God to protect them and help them grow - “Protect them; sanctify them.” Jesus’ high priestly prayer for his disciples, “Protect them from the evil one… Sanctify them…”lingers in our ears and shows us Jesus’ will for us. He wants us to be sanctified that our hearts and desires, our dreams and hopes for the future, and even our whole lives may be fully consecrated to God; he wants us to be completely committed to God’s purpose that our life may be used and consumed for Him alone. It is Jesus’ will that we accept this prayer topic and makeour heart’s determination to be truly set apart for God; it is Jesus’ prayer that we may really surrender our life to God. Jesus is praying for us, “Protect them... Sanctify them.” Let’s not fight against him any longer; let’s accept his will for us and turn to him decisively. Then, we can grow up to be dangerous weapons for God’s kingdom purpose. 

 

Jesus says, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”This shows us how we can be truly sanctified. By the word of God, we can be sanctified. Jesus said to the 11 disciples, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” (Jn15:3) When the word of God comes, at first, there may be some conflicts between what God wants and what we want; God’s way is different from our way. But after some struggle, we let go of our own desires and accept God’s will upon us. In this way, we are being sanctified by God’s words, being drawn to God more and more. This is why we must study the word of God and make efforts to digest and personalize God’s word until our inner persons, understanding, value system and our entire life is truly cleansed and sanctified by the word of God. 

 

Look at verse 19. Let’s read this verse together:

 

19For them, I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

 

Isn’t Jesus already sanctified? Jesus sanctified himself, meaning, he set aside his life for God alone, lived the life that was truly sanctified. And because of his example of a sanctified life, his disciples knew how they must live life as God's people. His life itself was the example of the sanctified life – his mission-oriented life, his single-hearted love and obedience to God, his prayer life, his dedication to studying and preaching the word of God, his challenge against the sin of the world, his sacrificial life and love, his service for sinners – all these showed the disciples what sanctification is all about. Jesus’ life that was fully dedicated to God’s purpose was the standard for them to copy in their lives. And because of this good example of Jesus, now we too know what it means to be sanctified, and how we must live our lives here on earth as children of God. May God bless us that we may imitate his lifestyle and follow his example so that we too can be fully sanctified and be used in God’s salvation work very preciously.

 

I grew up going to church, learned that I should be good and work hard to please people. But it was an empty way of life. By God’s grace I was lead to study the bible and Genesis chapter 12 opened my eyes, showing me that God was calling me to “Leave and go.” I could see that there was more to life than just paying the billsSo I committed all my time and energy to serving God and experienced freedom and joy. 

In 2017, I was blessed to marry by faith to a humble servant of God with a big heartAnd in 2018, we welcomed our firstborn son, a joy and delight to our familyI see that it is through marriage and family life that real life began! Outwardly I could perform pretty well, even disciples grew through my bible studies, but God has been very concerned about bringing out what is inside of me. In this last year, humanistic thinking really became like a foothold for Satan. Whenever I did not like the way something was handled in the church or by my husband I gave into anger. Instead of trying to trust all things into God’s sovereignty, I took things personally. Now I could understand Jesus’ urgent prayer, Father, protect them…Sanctify them by the truth.” Without Jesus I am just a toy of Satan enslaved by anger, pride, and doubts. But I see that in those extreme moments when my weaknesses have been exposedthat the word of God was always there to bring me back to my senses. God has helped me to remember when Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me;...” I could not deny that God is using his servants even though they are not perfect and I could not understand their love for ceviche! Also whenever I felt hurt or judged in my housechurch, I would be angry, coldeven violent with my words or actions like a hissing cat. But through studying John 15 again recently Jesus showedme I must not carry the image of an angry animal. Jesus says, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” God’s love for me is unconditional. So I should not have a give and take kind of love. 

If it were not for the recent difficulties, like the difference of opinions in my house church, like figuring out how to take care of a baby on top of mission life and working to support a family,I would have never known my weaknesses and sin problems. In my single life I thought that I was pretty good. And even in serving God I was mostly blinded about myself. But now I see that God did not want me to remain like that: so shallow in my love, so emotional, so worldly. In that way, I am just easy prey for the enemy and he will work to divide in my life. But Godallows me to have those challenges and gives me his words so that I could be truly sanctified from the inside out and thus be protected from the enemy.

Now I see Jesus’ hope for me to be a different person. To be inJesus’ imageto be fully sanctified, in every way. Christian life has gone onto a whole other level and it is exciting and beautiful once more. I could see more about humanity than I ever did. I could see more about the spiritual battle and how near it reallyisAnd I see what is most important is truly loving one another and building up the unity with God and each otherSo now it is time to practice loving God and loving on others: in my house church, in my church, and on the campus. 

One Word: Sanctified by the truth

 


Third, “They may be one” (20-26). In verses 20 through 23, Jesus offered his prayer for future believers who would believe in him through the disciples’ messages. What was his prayer topic for them? Let’s read verses 20 and 21 together;

 

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

 

“All of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” Jesus’ prayer topic for all the believers is that we may be one just as God the Father and God the Son are one. Being one means for all the believers to have the same desire, same purpose, same value system, and same hope. God's callingmay be different; some people to orphanage ministry, some people to Homeless ministry, some people to poor people in Africa, some people to college campus mission. But we all do God’s work with the same purpose of saving souls, of making disciples, for the glory of God, waiting for Jesus’ second coming putting our hope in the kingdom of God. When we live for our own purpose, pursuing our own dreams and desires, we cannot become one with each other. But when we surrender ourselves to God and live for God’s purpose alone, we become one with each other. When we are one, we see things and understand them in the same way – about God, about life, and about the world. There is no generation gap, racial barriers or cultural barriers, but genuine unity. Then, there is genuine fellowship among us, and we enjoy eternal life, living as God’s people assigned here on earth for a special mission to do. Surely, it is Jesus’ will and prayer topic for all of us to be one in everything. 

 

How much unity does Jesus want us to form among ourselves? What is the standard of our unity? Jesus says, “They may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” He also says, “They may be one as we are one.” The unity Jesus wants us to form is not just some fun fellowship among the believers, but perfect and complete oneness as the Trinity God forms their oneness – no conflict, no “if,” no “but,” but complete unity. We are only shocked. How can we have such a glorious unity as the Trinity God enjoys? It is possible only when we follow their example of submission and obedience. Jesus humbled himself to the point of having the form of a servant toward the Father, even if he himself is the Almighty God, and he obeyed the Father’s will absolutely even to the point of dying a painful death on the cross – he didn’t live for himself, but for his Father. Then, the Holy Spirit came in Jesus’ name and submitted himself to Jesus’ glory; even though he is God, he did not speak on his own, but speaks whatever he hears from Jesus. Because of such submission, obedience and humility, the Three Persons form complete oneness; they are one. Jesus wants us to enjoy this kind of unity among ourselves

 

Jesus says in verse 22, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:” Ordinary people cannot form this kind of glorious unity, because humans are selfish and proud. But as children of God, so holy and glorious, we can love each other; as children of God, for God’s glory, we can submit ourselves to each other; as children of God, following our God’s example, we can sacrifice our own dreams, desires and styles for each other, and even our own life. In Christ, we are no longer ordinary people – Jesus has given us his glory to be sons and daughters of God, so now we can be one with each other. 

 

In verse 23, we see Jesus’ prayer for all believers to be one goes one step further. He says, “I in them and you may be in me.” Jesus wants all the believers to form unity with each other, and then, eventually with the Trinity God. Simply, Jesus wants us to be one with God in value system, hope, vision, and love that we may think like God, talk like God and act like God – at that time, we really understand what it means to live as children of God. At that time, each  of us will be so mature, beautiful and glorious in thoughts, understanding, words and actions; we will surely love and respect each other so much. It is Jesus’ invitation for all of us to partake in God’s character and have God’s vision and pursue his business. Those who accept this invitation form unity with each other and pursue God’s purpose, struggling to copy Jesus Christ in their life. They are indeed children of God.

 

Look at verses 24 through 26. Let’s read these verses together:

 

24"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."

 

Jesus loves his disciples and all the believers. He really wants all of them to come to his house and see all his riches, his beauty, his power and his glory so that they can be truly overjoyed and happy with him. He really wants to show all his believers how much His Father has loved Him, and how much His Father has lavished on Him with all the glory and power and richness in heaven and on earth. Then, all his believers will be happy with Him, and rejoice because of Him. Jesus says, “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” We know God, but not completely yet. We have difficulty to understand the Trinity God. Our understanding of God’s person – his love, his grace, his character, his plan – is still limited. But no worry! Why? Because Jesus says, “I will continue to make you known to them in order that the love you have for me may be in them,…” As we live in Christ Jesus, one thing is guaranteed, we will come to know God more and more, and the more we know God, the more we enjoy eternal life, and we are glad and happy with God, for knowing God is eternal life. At that time, we can truly say, “My shepherd knows me, and I know him.” “I know God and I am known by God.” 

 

Jesus’ prayer can be summed up in three words: Glorification, sanctification and unification. These three words show us Jesus’ will for us very clearly – he wants us to be glorified, sanctified, and unified. These show us what we must pursue in our day to day life and how we must live our life as Jesus’ disciples. Let’s pray that we may be revealed as children of God, holy and righteous; let's pursue God alone so that we can be truly sanctified; let’s pray that we may be one just as the Trinity God is one; let’s pray that we may know Jesus more and more. Let God’s will be fulfilled in our lives.

 

As I meditated on this passage, I was really amazed that the Trinity God, had complete unity. Then I thought about how I could learn to have this unity together with God and with my brothers and sisters. I grew up as a single kid and so I was used to living my life on my own terms. How could I be one with God, if I never even was one with anyone in the world? I never had such close fellowship with anyone. I grew up as a loner so to speak. I lived in my own world, and wouldn't care what people thought of me and would just live for myself, which others thought was cool. But in my real life, I was loner. Then I came to see that it is possible. If I followed Jesus example, it is possible to be one with God, and the Holy Spirit and with Jesus and with other disciples – by submission and obedience. Jesus submitted Himself to the Father, Jesus obeyed the Father absolutely. Jesus did this, even submitting Himself and obeying the Fathers command of dying on the cross. When he did so, His life was powerful, and glorious, it was righteous and holy. He was filled with eternal life with no regret or worry. But I see that He was filled with real love for His Father. This is what I want. I want to experience real love for others and not just myself. Jesus has given me His commands in this ministry, to shepherd over college students and to raise up disciples. This command I can submit myself to and obey with all of my heart. This is how I can follow Jesus example. Since accepting this mission from Jesus, I have grown and learned a lot. But I see that I have not been one with my brothers and sisters. I still hold to many of my past character flaws such as pride and selfishness. Many times I see through a humanistic point of view. I am 37 years old, but there are other more spiritually mature brothers that are much younger than me. Deep down I think why should I listen to them, or think I should be more respected because I am older. Jealousy has risen in my heart to other brothers who have grown so much but younger than myself. Because of this I have struggled to be one with other brothers in the church. I know its wrong but my heart and mind are so corrupt. But Jesus shows me that this new life is not based on the worlds value system; it is based on the real spiritual value system. I was born again in 2009, even though I may be 37 so technically I am only just ten. Jonathan was next in line to be king after Saul, he was older than David, but God chose David who was the youngest of his brothers because of his faith. God raises up leaders by their faith in Him, not because of their age. Because of this I can really humble myself to God and to my elders. I see that I must struggle to live by faith in God, and serve Him, and let God be in control of His ministry here.  Instead I must see through the eyes of faith and submit and obey to those whom God has put in charge of me. Actually it is for my benefit because I can learn from my more spiritually mature brothers. I have let my pride and jelous heart take control many times, and I have had to die many times because of this. Then Jesus would help me die to my pride but then I give into again and again – dying and rising. I must confess to everyone this sin. I am sorry to my brothers, for thinking so highly of myself, I am so sorry for my pride. This has kept me from having oneness with you. Through this passage I can see that Jesus wants me to truly let this go. I feel like Paul, who felt abnormally born, because I came to Jesus such an older age, not 19 or 20 something, but in my thirties, and my pride started to grow in me so much. But because of Jesus I am who I am and have this new life in Him. I am just so thankful that Jesus has given me a new life and to experience real love and oneness with my true brothers in Christ. I have always kept this hidden in my heart for years, only to eat me up inside. I see that it has affected my relationship with my brothers for such a long time. I feel like I have missed out in real fellowship and oneness with my brothers for such a long time only due to my pride. I repent of this completely. This oneness and love with others is what I wanted, because of my past life, but only because of my sin of pride did I keep myself from it. I feel like such a great burden has been lifted off of my shoulders and my heart confessing this today. I have wanted to confess this sin before the church for such a long time. This is what Jesus prayed about in this passage, that we would be one. How terrible my pride and selfishness has been. Before everyone here today I truly and sincerely repent. Lord forgive me. Your desire is that we would be one. Rather than pride I will humble myself to you and to my brothers so that I may truly learn to be one with them.I pray that we may all enjoy such beautiful unity with Jesus and with each other just as Jesus prayed about and that together we may pursue Gods mission on our campuses in one heart and mind coming to know the Trinity God more and more. I pray that as we come to know Jesus glory and the Fathers love, we may all be unified, sanctified and glorified as children of God; enjoying eternal life today and forever. One Word: I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one

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