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Summary: Jesus has our best in mind.

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JESUS’ PRAYER FOR YOU

John 17.1-26

S: Jesus and prayer

C: Unity

Pr: JESUS HAS OUR BEST IN MIND.

?: What? What does Jesus pray for?

KW: Plans

TS: In John 17, Jesus reveals His plans for believers of all ages and shows how He has our best in mind.

Type: Proposition

The ____ plan is…

I. GLORY (1-5)

II. FAITH (6-12)

III. HOLINESS (13-19)

IV. UNITY (20-26)

PA: How is the change to be observed?

• Be confident in God’s plan.

• Partner with God to fulfill His desires for us.

Version: ESV

RMBC 25 February 07 AM

INTRODUCTION:

ILL Bad News

There were two old guys, Abe and Ken, sitting on a bench in a park feeding pigeons and talking about baseball, just like they did every day. Abe turns to Ken and says, "Do you think there’s baseball in heaven?"

Ken thinks about it for a minute and replies, "I dunno, Abe. But let’s make a deal: If I die first, I will come back and tell you -- and if you die first, you come back and tell me -- if there is baseball in heaven."

They shake on it and, sadly, a few months later poor Abe passes on. One day soon afterward, Ken is sitting there feeding the pigeons by himself when he hears a voice whisper, "Ken... Ken...."

Ken responds, "Abe! Is that you?"

"Yes, it is Ken," whispers the spirit of Abe.

Ken, still amazed, asks, "So, is there baseball in heaven?"

"Well," says Abe says, "I got good news and I got bad news."

"Gimme the good news first," says Ken.

Abe says, "Well...there is baseball in heaven."

Ken says, "That’s great! What news could be bad enough to ruin that!?"

Abe whispers, "You’re pitching on Friday."

Well, I might consider that good news and good news.

But, I think it is fair to say that…

We all prefer good news over bad.

TRANSITION:

For the last couple of weeks, we have been studying John 16.

And these chapters, from 13 to 17, contain Jesus’ last words to His disciples before the cross.

You see…

1. Jesus had given the disciples the update that they did not want to hear.

The update was that He was leaving.

But it was more than just going away or changing locations.

He was going to His death.

He was going to be executed.

The cross was literally hours away.

And as we learned last week…

2. What was worse is that Jesus said that they were going to desert Him (16.31-32).

In last week’s study, when the disciples claimed to finally understand Jesus…

Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone.” (John 16.31-32)

The disciples are going to take off as soon as the going gets rough.

They are going to panic.

They are going to know what it is to fail to stand by a friend in times of trouble.

Jesus knows this.

He knows their failure before they do.

But listen again to Jesus, for…

3. In spite of certain failure, they have nothing to fear (16.33).

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

They were going to muck it up, but nevertheless, Jesus’ goal for them is peace.


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