Series B Easter
June 4, 2000
The Lord Bless & Keep You!
When we are about to leave for a trip or we know that we will be parted
from family and friends for a period of time what do we say?
We might simply say "good-by" and leave it at that.
But sometimes we want to make our true and genuine feelings known about
that person so we might also say "GODSPEED!" or "God be with
you" or "God keep you" or even "God bless you!"
When we mention God we want to express the wish that God would watch over
that friend and protect him. Jesus
expresses something similar in what has been known as his high priestly prayer.
In this prayer Jesus prays that His Father would keep His believers.
This prayer says something about Jesus and it says something about you!
Jesus is concerned that you be kept safe and secure.
Let's see how Jesus prayed for the people He loves!
prays for your protection.
the security of Jesus' physical presence.
guarded His disciples while on the earth, but now He was leaving them.
would have to remain in a world that hated them. "I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them, because
they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."
unbelieving world is the Christian's enemy.
world's prince is known as "the evil one" Satan who intends to destroy
Christians."… because they are
not of the world, even as I am not of the world."
regards god's grace as foolishness.
calls evil good and good evil. That
is what we are up against.
world's priorities thus become different from that of the child of God.
We need protection because we live in a world that has not changed its attitude
toward Christ and His followers. Did
you ever notice that? When was the
last time you heard of a landmark Supreme Court decision regarding some of the
lunatic fringe religion? Satan
knows what he's doing. He's got
those who are his all stowed away in his back pocket.
Instead, he spends the majority of his time tempting and aiming his darts
and arrows at those who follow Jesus who is "the way, the truth and the
life". Thus we need Jesus now
more then ever! We need Jesus to
pray for us, "God keep you and bless you". God is able to keep us.
Jesus has the means to protect us.
revelation of the father that Jesus has given is that means by which He protects
Father's love gives joyous security "While
I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name; these that thou gave me I
have kept and none of them is love except for the son of perdition; that the
Scriptures might be fulfilled" (vv.12-13)
Father's love makes it possible to respond with love even to the world's hatred.
of the Father that Jesus has given us (v.14)
Word, as it has come to us in Scripture, enables us to shun false teaching that
would destroy of our faith.
Scriptures guard our faith and thereby our unity in Christ
" And now I am no more in
the world but these are in the world…Holy Father keep through thine own name
those whom thou hast give me that they may be one as we are one."
(v.11). We know the Father's love
and persevere in faith through the Word. God
protects us by the means of Grace. In
His Word we received the promises that we need.
When we cling to those promises we have the Savior's guarantee that we
be preserved and kept. That
is God's way of saying "God keep you!"
Jesus as He prayed is able to keep us.
There is a divine purpose in His
Christians have a job to do in this world. "And
thou has sent me into the world so have I also sent them into the world".
sent to teach the Father's Word.
sent to hallow God's name by living a godly life.
to be renewed in consecration "And
for their sake I sanctify Myself that they also might be sanctified through the
we pursue our task with an single-mindedness of purpose.
while in this world, we would not be caught up in this world to be part of the
world. We are kept in the world for a purpose. Jesus has a good reason to pray
for you that the Father would keep you. You are to be about your Father's
business being salt and light.
Soli Deo Gloria +