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that there were mansions in Heaven waiting for them, where they would live forever and ever. Our life here
is very short compared with eternity; and the most important thing in the world is that we be ready to
enjoy the glories that Jesus has prepared for us.
When Jesus was praying, He said: “Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me, be with me
where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me.” Jesus actually wants us to be with
Him! We may feel neglected here, sometimes, and think that nobody wants us; but Jesus does. He wants us
up there where the angels are worshiping Him, where He is sitting on the throne with God the Father, and
where the whole heavenly host bow down before Him. He wants us to be there with Him through all
Jesus has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the wise. He said that not many great men
in the world would want to be His followers, but that the poor would hear Him gladly. When Isaiah was
sending out the Gospel call, he said: “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that
hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat” (Isaiah 55:1). The fact that we are poor and unnoticed by the
world does not mean that we are overlooked by Jesus. He is calling everyone to come to Him and enjoy His
boundless blessings -- peace of heart here, and eternal bliss hereafter.
Kept in this World
When Jesus spoke of the glory that would be in Heaven, no doubt His disciples would have liked to go
with Him right away. We sometimes grow homesick for Heaven when we see the trouble in the world, and
we long for the glory that awaits us. But Jesus prayed to the Father: “I pray not that thou shouldest take
them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” They had work to do. Jesus was
sending them out to be His missionaries to let all the world know that Jesus would save them from their
sins. But there were some things they needed in order to make them good witnesses. One was
Sanctified Through the Truth
These people for whom Jesus was praying believed that Jesus was the Son of God, so eternal life had
begun in their hearts. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ,
whom thou hast sent.” Not just know about them, but know them as revealed by the Spirit. Now they
needed to be sanctified. Therefore Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
They needed to be purified in heart, and that comes at sanctification.
Jesus prayed for us who are saved, too. He said: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also
which shall believe on me through their word.” We who believe what they preached -- the things that are
written in the New Testament -- can be sanctified, too, if we consecrate our whole life to Jesus and believe
His promise for us. Sanctification would strengthen His followers. There was another reason why they should be sanctified. It would make them one with Jesus. Sanctification brings unity of faith. Jesus wants His people to believe all His Word; and when they do they are one with believers, and one with Him. There was yet another reason why the disciples needed sanctification. Jesus wanted the world to know that they were His followers. He wanted His people to be so much like Him that the world would know that they were Christians. We are made holy at sanctification, and that image of God that Adam and Eve lost when they sinned in the Garden is restored. We become like God in righteousness and holiness. May we remember that we must be in the image of God, and live so that the world can see Jesus in our lives. When our lives are lived for Jesus, and our conduct is pure, we prove that God sent His Son to die for us. We could never live a consistent, holy life if we did not have the nature of sin removed from our heart through the Blood of Jesus. It is important that our lives prove that we are Christians. We want to be lights to guide others to the Kingdom of God, and not a stumbling block to bar the way.
QUESTIONS 1. How did Jesus close His last speech to His disciples before His death?
2. Name some of the times when Jesus prayed.
3. For whom did Jesus pray at this time?
4. For what did Jesus pray?
5. Why did Jesus come to earth?
6. What does Jesus promise to His faithful followers?
7. Give three reasons why Christians need to be sanctified.
8. What image must Christians bear?
9. Where does Jesus want His children to be?