Summary: Jesus prays for His disciples and in so doing reveals that God has "treasure in unlikely places".
Jesus, the God-man: Gospel of John
“Treasure Hidden in Unlikely Places”
Introduction: I enjoy watching a TV show called Storage Wars. In this reality show people bid on storage units that have been abandoned after having five minutes to look at them from the doorway. I enjoy watching because many times they find some great treasures worth a lot of money buried in all the other junk.
In one episode a buyer found a safe in the unit that he had won, but when he opened the safe, it was empty. He was complaining about it and was about to toss the safe aside when another man told him that it was not what was in the safe that was valuable but the safe itself. It was worth a lot of money because it was so old. (No, this sermon is not about the value of things that are old. Although I wish it were since I am getting there).
Instead, as we listen to Jesus continue His High Priestly Prayer and begin to pray for His disciples, we will discover like in Storage Wars there is “treasure hidden in unlikely places”.
1. Jesus places His Word in His followers. (vv. 6-8)
We will see the presentation of who He is praying for this week and next week we will see the prayer itself.
“manifest” – to make visible or to display. He told it and/or lived it out.
“Your Name” – That is His nature or character. He was not wearing a “God the Father” lapel pin, sticker, or button. God’s Name is important and worthy to be on display.
“”Men…given Me” – God gave these disciples or apostles to Jesus.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16 (NIV)
Jesus chose them/us, but in reality God gave them to Him. When?
He prayed all night before He chose them.
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Luke 6:12-13 (NIV)
“kept your Word” – Singular “Word” not plural “Words” meaning to obey and focus on the Father’s mission! “Kept” means to guard, reserve, or attend carefully.
We keep His Word and He keeps us! (More about that next week!)
What is amazing about this statement is that Jesus sees what they did not demonstrate.
No one, in short, can read the four Gospels with attention, and fail to see that never had a great master such weak servants as Jesus had in the eleven apostles. Yet these very weak servants were the men of whom the gracious Head of the Church speaks here in high and honorable terms. --J.C. Ryle (1816-1900), Expository Thoughts on John
v. 7 – “Now” – They just spoke of that although they did not know fully what was to come and how they would respond. Keeping or guarding the word is not about knowing with your head or intellect, but it means living it or putting it into practice. Whatever Jesus has came from the Father.