HOST: Ron House
“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
The care and concern Jesus has shown for His apostles during this time in the upper room is undeniable. He has spent every day of the past three years teaching, training, and leading them. He has kept them and protected them. He has nurtured and cared for them. Now as He prepares to leave them, He is concerned for them. He is concerned for how they will deal with His loss and absence. He is concerned for how they will react to a world that will hate and abuse them. He is concerned for their faith and their faithfulness. So He prays. He prays that God will continue to keep them in His care as Jesus has done during His life. He prays that God will keep them from the evil one—that is, protect them from undue temptation and trial from Satan. He prays that God will sanctify them, that He will set them apart by His word. As we see throughout the remainder of the New Testament, God answers Jesus’ prayer. The apostles go on to become courageous and powerful warriors for the kingdom, ushering in the church and leading in the spread of the gospel throughout the world.
What lessons can we learn from the apostles?
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