Summary: 5 of 6. Thru prayer, Jesus sought to secure the success of His mission. But How? 20 measures securing the success of Jesus’ mission. Securing the Success of Jesus’ mission involves...
SECURING The SUCCESS Of JESUS’ MISSION-V—John 17:1-26
Mrs. Smith’s dishwasher quit working, so she called a repairman.
He couldn't accommodate her with an evening appointment, &, since she had to go to work the next day, she told him: "I'll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, & I'll mail you the check. By the way, don't worry about my Rottweiler, Brutus. He won't bother you. But, whatever you do, do not under *any* circumstances talk to my parrot!"
When the repairman arrived at Mrs. Smith’s apartment the next day, he discovered the biggest & meanest looking Rottweiler he had ever seen.
But, just like she had said, the dog just lay there on the carpet, watching the repairman go about his business.
However, the whole time he was there, the parrot drove him nuts with incessant cursing, yelling, & name-calling. Finally the repairman couldn't contain himself any longer & yelled: "Will you please stop talking, you crazy bird!!!"
To which the parrot replied: "SIC HIM, Brutus!!"
Certain things had to be present to Secure the Success of the repairman’s mission.
Likewise, Jesus set precedence regarding His overall mission.
Securing the Success of His mission involves certain things.
Jesus’ prayer in the Upper Room reflected the means to securing the success of His mission.
The success of Jesus’ mission is secured.
How is the success of Jesus’ mission secured?
What secures the success of Jesus’ mission?
20 measures for securing the success of Jesus’ mission.
We have previously discovered that,
Securing the Success of Jesus’ mission involves The Ultimate...
3. GLORY(:1, 5)
15—Securing the Success of Jesus’ mission involves...
The Ultimate ARENA(:14-19)
:14—“I have given them Your word; & the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”
Jesus’ joy gives the disciple the ability to be willingly or acceptably “hated” by the world for reasons other than one’s personality traits. The world’s “hatred” is of that believer dedicated to the revealed God & thus such “hatred” is ultimately directed toward God Himself. As the word of God is secured in the disciple, they are moved into a state of separation from the world system. Rather than union with the world there is union with the Father which is the exact same state of Jesus’ existence upon His having taken on human flesh.
“they must not be like the world nor get their spirit, standards, & message "out of the world," else they can do the world no good.”—RWP
“Hated”—misew—1) To hate, pursue with hatred, detest; 2) To be hated, detested. Strong—To detest(especially to persecute); by extension--To love less.
:15—“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.”
Disciples are destined of God to minister in the midst of this unbelieving world. Therefore Jesus does not ask for them to be taken out of the world as He is soon going. If this were to take place then who would minister?
However, while in the world disciples must be “kept” from the desire of the one from whom evil arises(the devil). God alone provides the means of being kept from the devil’s sway. He does this mostly through our commitment to Him. However, He also “keeps” us in ways we will never know this side of heaven. We are oblivious to much of God’s Providential threads.
“Pray/Ask/Prayer”(See :9)—erwtaw—1) To question; 2) To ask—2a) To request, entreat, beg, beseech. Erwtaw denotes the form of the request. Erwtaw is to request a person to do(rarely to give) something; referring more directly to the person, it is naturally used in exhortation, etc. Strong—To interrogate; by implication--To request.
“Take...out”—airw—1) To raise up, elevate, lift up; 2) To take upon one's self & carry what has been raised up, to bear; 3) To bear away what has been raised, carry off. Strong—a primary root; To lift up; by implication--To take up or away; figuratively--To raise(the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially--To sail away(i.e. weigh anchor); by Hebraism[compare asn]--To expiate sin.
“Keep”—(See :6, 11, 12)—threw—1) To attend to carefully, take care of—1a) To guard, 1b) metaph. To keep, one in the state in which he is, 1c) To observe, 1d) To reserve: to undergo something. Threw expresses watchful care & is suggestive of present possession. Threw may mark the result of which fulassw is the means. Strong—To guard(from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; & thus differing from fulassw, which is properly to prevent escaping; & from koustwdia, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e. To note(a prophecy; figuratively--To fulfill a command); by implication--To detain(in custody; figuratively--to maintain); by extension--To withhold(for personal ends; figuratively--to keep unmarried).