John 17 – Daily Devotional
Pastor Jason Walsh
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 20-21).
Jesus has insisted throughout his ministry that his words are his Father’s words, and that his deeds are the deeds his Father wants done. His love, his compassion, his judgments are precisely the love, the compassion, and the judgments of his Father. Jesus and his Father speak and act as one!
In this chapter, Jesus is not only praying for His disciples, He is also praying for us today. In fact, He pulls us into that divine unity praying to the Father, “I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one” (John 17:23)! Think about this…
Jesus living in us - his mind, our mind; his will, our will; his goals, our goals.
The Father living in Jesus - his words, desires, compassion, and truth, all the same in Jesus.
The Father in Jesus, Jesus in you and me - united in love, in purpose, and in life!
The Father, the Son, and all of us believers living and loving as one.
Imagine what the church would be like if The Father, the Son, and all of us believers were living and loving as one as Jesus prayed. Imagine what our world would be like. What a thought! What a challenge! There is hope! Jesus praying and interceding on our behalf in today’s chapter.
Jesus prays, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth” (John 17:15-19).
Definition of Sanctify is set apart or declared holy.
We divide and separate so quickly, and we justify our divisions so self-righteously! We see it every day in our nation, society, culture, news, and social media. We even see it in the church. This is not evidence of being sanctified in truth as Jesus’ prays that God will do in us, followed by a declaration that God’s Word is truth! Additionally, Jesus prays that we will be “one.” Shouldn’t these be our prayers as well? If we aren’t working on that or working towards that, shouldn’t we confess our sin and pray and work to change?
Jesus made us a promise. He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). When we are one with Him, we will bear much fruit. When we are apart from Him, not only will we bear no fruit, we simply cannot do anything. Thank you Jesus for praying for us.
So let us remember that we are a “sent” people into the world. We bear fruit. We seek the truth in God’s word. We allow God to sanctify us in truth. We do these things as a result of being one with Him, and ultimately, “so that the world may believe” (John 20-21). Unless this world truly knows Jesus, they will not be saved nor receive eternal life. “This is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
A. W. Tozer wrote in The Pursuit of God, “One hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other.”
“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one” (John 17:23)!
Draw a line in the sand today. Allow God to fully sanctify you in all truth. Remember his word is truth! Remember the One who came to this world to save sinners; the One who died for you and for me…is the One who prayed for you and I the night before He was crucified.
“O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:25-26).
Jesus loves you and He still prays for you and I today!