Today’s Passage: John 17:20-26
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:1-3 (NIV)
“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.
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
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.
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. John 17:6, 9, 11, 16-19 (NIV)
Opening Song: Casting Crowns – Voice of Truth [LYRICS]
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: The Whole World Is Watching – Seventh Sunday of Easter by Jim Somerville, pastor of Richmond, Virginia’s First Baptist Church.
“Imagine that you are sitting in a darkened movie theater eating popcorn. You’ve already seen three previews of coming attractions and now it’s time for the feature presentation. The screen goes black and from the speakers you begin to hear the sound of a meal in progress…” begins Jim Somerville, pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church. ” Somerville’s take on this week’s Gospel lesson from John 17:20-26 is an imaginative communion meditation in which he envisions an international Christian conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, gathered around the theme “That They May All Be One.” How do things turn out at that convention? Not so well, at least, not at first. Watch and listen for how Jesus’ high priestly prayer might yet be answered.
Closing Song: Chris Tomlin – Jesus (Lyrics And Chords)
Jesus prayed once more:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message…
“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 17:20, 24-26 (NIV)
To God be the glory! Amen.
Epilogue: Casting Crowns – Love You With the Truth (Official Lyric Video)