The Father's protection (John 17 v 11-15)Thursday, November 3, 2011
Alone in a hostile world John 17 v 11-15
It can be pretty scary to be a Christian in many parts of the world. Even in socalled “Christian” countries it’s not easy to live publicly as a real Christian. How safe are we?
Alone in a hostile world
Read John 17:11
• What is going to happen to Jesus?
• What about the eleven apostles?
• Why do you think they might be scared?
Protection by union
Read John 17:11
• What does Jesus pray for his disciples?
• How is the Father going to protect them?
The “name” that the Father gave Jesus is who Jesus is: God the eternal Son in intimate fellowship with the Father. Jesus protected them by bringing them into fellowship with the Father and the Son. Any attack on them was an attack on God!
Jesus and the Father are “one” (see John 10:31). Christians are “one”. Rather than teaching that we must work hard to get
along, here Jesus is saying that God has brought us into fellowship with the Father and the Son.
Spend some time now praising the Father and the Son for bringing you into fellowship with them and with all other real Christians. Thank God for guaranteeing your eternal safety.
Hated but rejoicing
Read John 17:13
• Why does Jesus pray this prayer out loud so they can overhear it (v 13)?
• What is going to happen to us in the world (v 14)?
• Can we expect to be taken out of situations where this happens (v 15)?
We need consciously to remind ourselves of the wonderful protection from the Father for which Jesus prayed. When it’s
tough being a Christian, never forget this.
• In what circumstances in your life do you particularly need to remember this?
• How will it make a difference to your emotions? To your actions?
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