The Gospel of John: a commentary & meditation 
"That they also may be consecrated in truth"

Scripture: John 17:12-19

12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you did send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth.

Meditation: Do you know what your aim or mission in life is?  Jesus' aim and mission was to glorify his heavenly Father.  All he said and did gave glory to his Father.  On the eve of his sacrifice and in the presence of his disciples, Jesus made his high priestly prayer: "Holy Father, keep them in your name that they may be one as we are one".  Jesus prayed for the unity of his disciples.  Jesus' prayer for his people is that we be united with God the Father in his Son and through his Holy Spirit and be joined together, in unity with all who are members of  Christ's body.  Jesus saw glory in the cross rather than shame. Obedience to his Father's will was his glory.  Jesus kept his Father's word even when tempted to forgo the cross.  His strength was not in himself but in his Father who kept him. We, too, must take up our cross and follow the Lord Jesus whever he may call us. He will give us the strength and power of the Holy Spirit to live as his disciples.  John Henry Newman wrote: "God has created me, to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.  I have my mission-- I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.  I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.  He has not created me for nothing.  Therefore, I will trust him.  Whatever, wherever I am.  I cannot be thrown away."  Do you trust in God and in his call for your life?

Jesus prayed that his disciples would be sanctified and consecrated in God's truth and holiness.  The scriptural word for consecration comes from the same Hebrew word which means holy or set apart for God.  This word also means to be equiped with the qualities of mind and heart and character for such a task or service.  Just as Jesus was called by the Father to serve in holiness and truth, so we, too, are called and equipped for the task of serving God in the world as his ambassadors.  God's truth frees us from ignorance and the deception of sin.  It reveals to us God's goodness, love, and wisdom.  And it gives us a thirst for God's holiness.  The Holy Spirit is the source and giver of all holiness.  As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, he transforms us by his purifying fire and changes us in the likeness of Christ. Is your life consecrated toGod?

"Lord, take my life and make it wholly pleasing to you.  Sanctify me in your truth and guide me by your Holy Spirit that I may  follow you faithfully wherever you lead."

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