Comforting Words #16

The Son of God spoke to His Father,

just loud enough for disciples to hear. Jesus knew He was headed toward home; His words explained the reality His disciples would now be facing.

“But now I am coming to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full 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 am not asking You to take them out of the world, but to keep them away 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. Just as You sent Me into the world, I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, so that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

I am not asking on behalf of these alone, but also for those who believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:13-21 NASB)

Sanctified in truth means that truth does the sanctifying. When believing truth, we are set apart from the world and being changed when truth is received. Truth in the hands of the Holy Spirit is very convincing and yet, comforting. Jesus prayed for those who would believe His disciples. He prayed that we would become one with each other in the Father and in the Son. “So that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

The light of truth exposes sin and Christ’s words are God’s judgements. That’s reality and the reason why the world hates disciples. Praise God, disciples are still being made. Do you know why? Joy. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NASB)