Summary: Easter 7 - God's truth will make us holy. Jesus prays this for all believers. God's truth is always our message.

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June 5, 2011 -

Easter 7 -

JOHN 17:17-26

INTRO: John 17 concludes the lengthy, teaching discussion Jesus had with his disciples before his crucifixion. Jesus’ teaching started in chapter 13. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. Jesus taught them about humility. Jesus proclaimed himself as the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus also taught about the vine and branches. Jesus promised the disciples the Holy Spirit for their benefit. At the end of all these very vital spiritual teachings Jesus prays. We are reminded of the importance and power of prayer. Jesus prays. Paul prayed. "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith" (EPHESIANS 3:16, 17a). We pray that Christ dwell in us today to strengthen our faith by his word of truth.


I. Jesus prays this for all believers. II. God’s truth is always our message.


A. Verse 17. “Sanctify” means to make holy or set apart as holy. Jesus wanted his disciples to be holy.

1. The disciples, like all people, were not holy. They were born sinners. They still sinned daily.

2. Verse 19. Jesus was holy. Jesus’ holiness covered the disciples’ unholy lives.

B. Verse 20a. Jesus had prayed for the disciples. Now Jesus prays for believers: present and future.

1. Verse 21. Jesus prays for believers to believe that Jesus was sent by his heavenly Father.

2. Verse 22, 23a. Jesus revealed to the world his glory. Many saw Jesus’ miracles.

C. Verse 24. Jesus is eternal. Believers would see Jesus’ full glory in heaven. Jesus prays for this.

D. Think of the power of these verses for our lives today. Jesus prays for us! What a wonderful way to conclude all of these important teachings of Jesus (chapters 13-16). Here we have the very Son of God, Jesus – who is also true God – taking time out to pray for those who will believe. We dare not overlook the importance God himself places on the importance of prayer, especially also Jesus’ prayers. Who can ever forget how Jesus prays for others? Jesus prayed for those who nailed his hands and feet to the cross as he is crucified. "Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots" (LUKE 23:34). Yes, Jesus prayed even for those putting him to death. Our sins still need Jesus’ prayers. Jesus still prays the same for us. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” We sin daily. We sin much and at times in ignorance.

E. Jesus prays for us. Jesus prays that God’s truth will make us holy. We desperately need this prayer of Jesus that he prayed on our behalf. We are lost and condemned creatures from the moment of our conception. We are born into this world as sinners. Worse we are even called enemies of God. Enemies do not very often become friends. "Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one" (PSALM 53:3). All our righteous acts are like filthy rags. Simply put, we can never, ever save ourselves. Jesus prays. God’s word of truth will make God’s enemies into God’s children. Because no one can save himself, Jesus prays for God’s truth to make mankind holy.

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