I love John’s Gospel, and in particular the prayer of Jesus, to His Father.
Sermon by Dr Bruce Dipple [ L.Th., Dip. RE. (Morling/MCD), D.Miss. (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). A graduate of Glasgow Bible College, Morling College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago. He has pastored Baptist churches in Queenbeyan, Cooma, Parramatta, Riverstone and Leichhardt. He served for 8 years in Niger as a missionary, 10 years as the Australian Director of the mission organization SIM and 12 years as the Director of the SMBC School of Cross Cultural Mission.]
Bruce recently delivered this sermon, at the Nowra Baptist Church; he talks about our mission – and, he clearly articulates God’s purpose as revealed in Scripture. I think it is a fantastic sermon.
The following text, John 17:13-26 (NIV) is the main vehicle, which Bruce uses to highlight a number of important points about our purpose and mission.
In these verses, we hear a part of Jesus’ prayer: “I am coming to you (Father) now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
The important factor of this talk – is that we (you and me) are all sent to make Jesus known in this world. To make known that Jesus’ main purpose was to do the will of the Father, who sent Him; and, that is, to bring salvation to mankind and to proclaim the kingdom of God.