Monday, August 28, 2006

THE MESSAGE SUNDAY

The message Sunday was interesting.

It was taken from the following passage in John 17.

I have highlighted the phrases that he used to point out the items of emphasis.

20“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who £will believe in Me through their word;

21that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

22And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

23I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

25O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.

26And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”


The points:
1 Jesus desired that his followers be in unity ("one"). (v. 21, 22, 23)
2 God gave a "glory" to Jesus that he, in turn, passed on the the disciples (v.22).
3 This "glory" was for the purpose of unity. (v. 22)
4 This "glory" would make each of them complete ("perfect") - telio-o (Gr. - to accomplish a goal) in unity ("one"). (v. 23)
5 This finished unity would be visible because other people ("the world") would see it. (v. 23)
6 By seeing this unity, other people would know the God sent Jesus. (v. 23)
7 By seeing this unity, other people would know that God loves Jesus in the same way that he loves each of his followers. (v. 23)
8 Jesus desired that all of his followers be with him. (v. 24)
9 By being with Jesus, all of his followers will see the glory that God gave to him. (v. 24)
10 God gave this glory to Jesus because He loved him. (v. 24)
11 The people of the world do not know God. (v.25)
12 Jesus knows God. (v. 25)
13 The followers of Jesus know that God sent Jesus. (v. 25)
14 Jesus explained the nature of God ("your name") to the disciples. (v. 26)
15 By explaining the nature of God, the love which God gave to Jesus would be in each of the disciples. (v. 26)
16 By explaining the nature of God, Jesus would be in the disciples. (v. 26)

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