We heard these words all the time when we were children, and we repeated these words to our children. But we continually open the door of our minds to the accusations and lies of the devil and the voices of our childhood caretakers who, instead of nurturing us, criticized us and beat us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Because their words wounded us to our core and are seared into our minds, we opened the door to their negativity because their words are familiar. They must not be strangers; we think and give full access to their lies. But when we hear God’s love knocking at the entrance of our wounded hearts, we can not open our hearts because it is strange that a Holy Perfect God, Jesus Christ, wants to come in and cleanse our hearts of all unrighteousness; we don’t open the door because we fear God will see our actual, ugly past, and our sinful nature. So we don’t open the door to God’s Living Word because we don’t deserve His Perfect Love. You are right; we don’t deserve anything good from a Perfect God. That’s when we come to the Throne of Grace by Faith in Jesus Christ, who came and died to take away the world’s sins from Adam and Eve, whose sins have been passed down to us. However, Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, bore God’s wrath for the whole world. Jesus fulfills the law and sanctifies those who trust Him; humans can’t please God. If you hear Him knocking, please open the door to your heart and welcome His Holy Spirit in; God is faithful to His Son’s prayer, John 17. Read it, and receive in Jesus’ Name, amen.
Jesus Prayer: “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. “I am coming to you 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.”
John 17:6-26 NIV