“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Jesus Christ and His disciples had recently had the Passover meal where He set taught them what we know now as the Lord’s Supper, a memorial of what Christ did for us on Calvary. After instructing them about the meal, He served them by washing their feet. What an example Christ sets for us as a servant to others. Their Master, their Lord, was on His hands and knees taking a towel to wash the dirt off their feet. Jesus was the Ultimate Servant.
Afterwards He spent some time instructing the disciples about the days to follow. Many of the disciples were confused and posed questions to Christ about what He was saying. Here in we find such great passages written in red in our Bibles…
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“If ye ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” John 15:16
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Jesus Christ spoke these words to His disciples, and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle John pinned them into Scripture. However in chapter 17, Christ shifts His words from His earthly followers to His Father in Heaven. He is praying not for Himself, but for His followers…His disciples then, and now. He prayed for us!
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.” John 17:9
As He continues to pray to the Father, we find our text verse today in verse 17, “Sanctify them through thy truth:”. Christ asks God the Father to purify us and consecrate us by the truth. What is the truth? The verse goes one to tell us, “thy word is truth.” He has given us the Truth for us to read and live by each day. He asked the Father to use His Word to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We are purified by the Truth!
When we as Christians sin, the Truth of God’s Word tells us what to we can do to restore our fellowship with God the Father.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Allow the Truth of God’s Word to cleanse you. Confess your sin to Him. Cast your care upon Him. Comfort yourself through His Word today.
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