The Words Jesus Spoke to His Father Before Going Through Hell, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 284)
TEXT: John 17:9-11:
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 284.
Thomas Watson said, “Many shepherds scarcely pray for themselves, but Christ prays for all His sheep. He prays that they may not wander, that they may not tire or faint, that they may not die along the way. This prayer of Christ prevails with God. There is not one minute wherein we can say that Christ is not praying for us. How can these sheep miscarry—when their blessed Shepherd is always watching over them and praying for them!”
In His prayer, Jesus had two specific requests for His disciples.
First, He prayed that they would be preserved in the world. Jesus said, “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me…” The word used for “keep” means to guard or to preserve. While He was with them, Jesus acted as a safeguard for His disciples, protecting them from worldly and satanic influences. Nothing could touch them while Jesus was present with them.
Now Jesus says, “I am no more in the world, but these are in the world.” With Jesus going back to the Father, the disciples would still need to be kept and preserved. Isn’t it interesting that Jesus does not indicate that the disciples should be able to preserve or keep themselves now? This is because the preservation of the saints is completely in the hands of God. God is the one who prevents us from being snatched back by the world and the devil. So, Jesus prays that God would exercise His preserving power over the disciples and keep them in the family of God.
The second specific request that Jesus makes for His disciples is that there be unity among them. He says, “that they may be one, as we are [one].” Jesus knew that if the Gospel mission was going to be successful, the small band of disciples would need to be unified. Jesus wants them to be unified in spirit, in heart, and in purpose, moving forward to a common goal — just as He and the Father are.
Jesus taught that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
The devil specializes in sowing discord among believers. If the devil cannot tear us down from the outside, he will try to get us to turn on each other on the inside. As Jesus said, “a house divided against itself shall not stand.” The devil wants us to stay at odds with one another, rendering us paralyzed and ineffective because we are unwilling to work together. So, Jesus prays for His disciples to remain unified. Unity was Jesus’ prayer for the disciples, and it is still His prayer for us today — that we may be one as He and the Father are one
Of course, God heard and answered the prayers of His Son for the disciples. The Bible records that, after a few days of uncertainty, doubt, and confusion, the disciples banded together beneath the freshly blood-stained banner of the cross. They were not drawn back into the world, instead they turned the world upside down for Christ. The foundation and success of the early church is a testament to the power of Jesus’ prayer and the prayers of the early saints who followed the Lord’s example.
W. G. Ovens wrote:
Dying for me, dying for me,
There on the cross He was dying for me;
Now in His death my redemption I see,
All because Jesus was dying for me.
Risen for me, risen for me,
Up from the grave He has risen for me;
Now evermore from death’s sting I am free,
All because Jesus has risen for me.
Living for me, living for me,
Up in the skies He is living for me;
Daily He’s pleading and praying for me,
All because Jesus is living for me.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.