John 17:17-19

    [A] Verse seventeen - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
            [1] Sanctify them.
                    [a] What does the word sanctify mean?
                            [1-a] It means to render pure
                            [2-a] It means to cleanse from sins
                    [b] Jesus prayed that the Father would cleanse his disciples and make them pure
                    [c] Sanctification in the heart of a Christian is progressive.
                            [1-a] It consists of becoming more like God and less attached to the world;
                            [2-a] It has to do with in his getting control over evil thoughts, passions, and our impure desires;
                            [3-a] It has to do with becoming weaned from earthly objects, and attached to things which are
                                    unseen and eternal.
            [2] The mode of cleansing was to be through God’s word which is truth
                    [a] When Jesus was on trial in front of Pilot, Pilot asked him, What is truth? That is the question I have for
                            you today, What is truth?
                            [1-a] Truth is defined as  
                                    [a-1] TRUTHFULNESS : HONESTY
                                    [b-1] The real state of things  : FACT
                                    [c-1] The body of real events or facts  : ACTUALITY
                                    [d-1] A true or accepted statement or proposition  “the truths of Science”
                                    [e-1] An agreement with fact or reality  : CORRECTNESS
                                    [f-1] My bible dictionary says that truth is that which is opposed to falsehood.
                                    [g-1] Jesus said that he was truth
                            [2-a] What is truth?
            [b] The Word of God was the truth with which Jesus asked God to cleanse the disciples
                            [1-a] How does the word of God cleanse a person, and sanctify them?
                            [2-a] How do we know that the word of God is true?
                            [3-a] What makes you think that the bible we read is the correct word and the Koran and other
                                    religions bibles are not?

Verse eighteen -  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
            [1] God sent Jesus into the world for a special purpose
                    [a] What was that purpose?
                    [b] Did he fulfill all that he was supposed to do?
            [2] Jesus sent his disciples into the world on a special mission
                    [a] What was their mission?
                    [b] Did they fulfill all that they were supposed to do?
            [3] As disciples of Jesus, we are sent into the world as well
                    [a] What is our mission?
                    [b] Are we fulfilling it?

Verse nineteen - And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
            [1] Jesus said “I sanctify myself.”
                    [a] Did Jesus need to be sanctified?        
                    [b] What does this mean?
                            [1-a] Jesus consecrated himself exclusively to the service of God.
                            [2-a] The word sanctify here is not mean as personal sanctification, for Christ had no sin,
                            [3-a] What it means is Christ set himself apart entirely to the work of redemption.
            [2] That they also might be sanctified through the truth.
                    [a] That they would have an example to follow
                    [b] That they might be made pure by what I am doing

John 17:20-23

    [A] Verse twenty - Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
            [1] Neither pray I for these alone,
                    [a] Up to this point in his prayer, Jesus has been praying for his disciples,
                    [b] At this point, Jesus begins praying for all who believe the words that the Apostles preach about him.
                            [1-a] All who would be converted under their preaching
                            [2-a] All who accept in faith that Jesus is the son of God
                            [3-a] All who accept Jesus as their savior
                            [4-a] All who become followers, (disciples) of Jesus.
                    [c] It is at this point that Jesus begins praying for you and I, the future disciples.
                            [1-a] Because we are followers of Christ, we can reflect on the fact that we were remembered in
                                    prayer by the one who God hears always.
                            [2-a] We value the prayers of our pious friends. How much more should we value this prayer made
                                    for us by the Son of God?
            [2] Those who believe in me through the word of the Apostles
                    [a] Everything we know about Jesus was delivered to us through the Apostles
                    [b] It was to them that the Holy Spirit gave inspiration to write the bible
                    [c] The only factual evidence of Jesus existing comes to us through them

Verse twenty-one -  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be
            one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
            [1] That all may be one.
                    [a] The all may be united as brethren.
                    [b] That all may know that Christians are redeemed by the same blood, and are all going to the same
                    [c] As Christians we are to have the same wants, the same enemies, and the same joys.
                    [d] Even though we are divided into different denominations, the true believers will all be together in the
                            glory of heaven some glad day.  
                    [e] Even though we are different denominations, we all belong to the same family, and are all children of
                            the same God.
                    [f] Question
                            [1-a] I wonder what Christ must think when he looks down at us, and sees so many different beliefs
                                    and so many different ideas floating around?        
                            [2-a] I wonder what he must feel when he sees the different denominations, thinking they are the
                                    only ones that are going to make it?
                            [3-a] For that matter, I wonder what he thinks when he sees the distention within the body of
                                    believers, with people hating each other even in the same congregation?                
            [2] We are to be one even as Jesus and the Father are one.
                    [a] Questions
                            [1-a] Are we one with each other?
                            [2-a] What is the problem with us?
                            [3-a] Why do we have fighting and trouble in the church among so called believers?
                            [4-a] What can we do to change this?
                    [b] To be as Christ and the Father would mean to be as one with each other
                    [c] That they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
                            [1-a] We are to be one with each other, so that we can be on with God
                                    [a-1] What this implies is when we are not one with each other, we are not one with God
                                    [b-1] Maybe this is why there are so many congregations struggling
                                    [c-1] Maybe this is why there seems to be no Spirit in so many Churches today
                            [2-a] When we are at one with each other, and one with Christ, we are showing the world that God
                                    sent Jesus.
                                    [a-1] Remember what Jesus said, he told the disciples to love one another so that all men would
                                            know that the were his disciples
                            [3-a] As a disciple we must:
                                    [a-1] Love Jesus
                                    [b-1] Love God
                                    [c-1] Love one another
                                    [d-1] Be at one with each other
                                    [e-1] Separate ourselves from the world
                                    [f-1] Be in tune with other believers regardless of their denomination, as long as they are
                                            believers in Jesus and teaching the truth.

Verse twenty-two - And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we
            are one:
            [1] And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them
                    [a] The honour which God conferred on Jesus
                    [b] That same honor he is giving his disciples
                            [1-a] Jesus the Son of God is sharing everything he has
                            [2-a] He is the Heir to the throne – yet we will reign with him
                            [3-a] He is the savior of the world – yet he allows us to word for him so that he can word through us.
                            [4-a] He reigns with the Father – we will reign with him
                            [5-a] The honor that was bestowed on him – he bestows on us
            [2] That they may be one, even as we are one:
                            [1-a] There is not more honor bestowed on one than there in on another
                            [2-a] In the kingdom, of God we are all equal
                            [3-a] There is no room for jealousy in our hearts
                            [4-a] You have the same honor as I
                            [5-a] I have the same honor as you
                            [6-a] Because we are all equal and all have the same honor, we should be able to live and act as
                                    one, even as Christ and the Father act as one

Verse twenty-three I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may
            know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
            [1] Jesus is in us, and the father is in him, that allows us to have direct access to the Father
                    [a] Again, this is a way for us all to be equal – I have no more power, or no more of an access to God than
                            any of you
                    [b] In the eyes of God, all believers in Christ are his children.
                    [c] When he looks at the world, he only sees the lost and the saved – he does not see Denominations –
                            the way we dress, or the way we worship
            [2] That they may be made perfect in one;
                    [a] Christ did all these things so that his followers would have a perfect union and so their union could be
                    [b] He desired that there be no discord, or contention.  
                            [1-a] A machine is perfect or complete when it has all its parts and is in good Order. When it is thus,
                                    it runs in good order and produces much goods, [2-a] When Christians are in union together
                                    much work for God can be completed.
                                    [a-1] This is one of the big problems we are faced with today – instead of working together
                                            trying to save souls we are in competition for church members
                                    [b-1] Instead of working together and trying to fill all the churches we are striving to build one
                                            church and have enough people to build a bigger building
                                    [c-1] Instead of working together to save the lost, we are driving them away, with our fighting
                                            and bickering amongst ourselves

John 17:24-26

    [A] Verse twenty-four – 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: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
            [1] I will
                    [a] This expression, though it commonly denotes command, is used here as a desire.
                    [b] Jesus used it the same way we use if it is thy will, in a prayer
                    [c] It was the custom of Jesus to use language of command when he was addressing God.
                    [d] This type of prayer is used to express a strong and earnest desire, such as when praying for
                            something that we do not want denied,
            [2] I will that they also, whom thou hast given me,
                    [a] Here Jesus is continuing his prayer for all believers.
                    [b] It was his will and his hope that all believers would someday be where he would soon be in heaven with
                            the father        
            [3] Be with me where I am
                    [a] Christ is going back to heaven very soon back to the bosom of his Father
                    [b] He will be in heaven, and desires that his followers be there with him
                    [c] This answers the question as to where the soul goes when the body dies – it goes where Jesus is,in
                             the bosom of his father.
            [4] That they may behold my glory
                    [a] All the things that we  have been taught about Jesus and heaven
                    [b] All the things we are waiting to experience there
                    [c] The Glory of Christ and God Almighty, are those things that Christ wants us to see because he loves
            [5] That they may behold my glory which thou hast given me
                    [a] Everything the Father had, he gave to the son
            [6] Before the foundations of the earth
                    [a] Christ who was with the father before the creation
                    [b] Christ who formed everything with his own hands
                    [c] Christ the only begotten son of the Father received his glory before the world ever existed – now he is
                            about to return to heaven and have it reinstated to him
Verse twenty-five - O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have
            known that thou hast sent me.
            [1] What a sad statement for Jesus to have to make
                    [a] The world whom God created, did not even know him who created them
                    [b] Even though he had sent his only begotten son into the world to point them to him, the world still did
                            not know the Father
                    [c] Even those who professed to know him, had only a distorted view of him
                    [d] Unfortunately the same holds true today
                            [1-a] Those who profess to know God, has mixed the things of the world and religion together, to the
                                    point that their beliefs are corrupted and distorted
                            [2-a] Few recognize the voice of the good shepherd
                            [3-a] Few are actively preaching to the lost
                            [4-a] Few believe the bible is the word of God
                            [5-a] Few can be considered true followers of Jesus
            [2] The good thing was that Jesus knew the Father and the father knew him
            [3] Secondly, those who followed him, his disciples knew the Father as well                

Verse twenty-six - And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou
            hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.        
            [1] And I have declared unto them thy name
                    [a] Jesus spent the last three years of his life proclaiming God to his twelve disciples
                    [b] He proclaimed him through example to them
                    [c] He showed him to them through this own actions
                    [d] He told them about him
            [2] And will declare it
                    [a] Even though Christ is about to die, and about to return to heaven he will still proclaim the name of God
                            [1-a] Through the apostles empowered by the Holy Spirit, Christ proclaimed God.
                            [2-a] Through the true believers of today empowered by the Holy Spirit, Christ is still proclaiming
                                    Gods name
            [3] That the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
                    [a] Jesus is expressing a desire to God that he love Christ’s followers even as he loved Him.
                    [b] God would be able to express that love through Jesus, because Jesus would be in each of his
                            followers by the power of the Holy Spirit.