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Jesus’ Pre-Passion Prayer Pt3

Father, unity with others comes at a price. Unity with You comes at an even deeper price. Give us strength to sacrifice our pride, nailing it to the cross with Jesus. Give us the strength to die, to see with eyes of one looking back over their life as we draw our final breath, so that we might have eyes to see those things that would fill us with regret, and let us lay those sinful inclinations down to die so that we might live. Let us live in unity with You. Cleanse us, refine us and let us walk in Your glory through the sacrifice of Jesus. Amen.

John 17:20-26
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

This High Priestly prayer of Jesus is arguably one of the most beautiful parts of all of Scripture. Of all the gifts that God has given us in His Word, this shines out as a gem on the crown of the Gospel message. Jesus did not have to pray this prayer out loud, but He did, and He did it for our benefit. He speaks frankly with the Father, He speaks plainly for His disciples, and He speaks plainly for us. We see the desire of His heart, and we see our deep need for Him. And where we stand unworthy, He seeks simply to redeem us from our unworthiness.

Those days when we don’t feel worthy, when we don’t feel loved, lovable or worthwhile, Jesus calls out to us and says, “Listen to this! I asked God for you. I want you to believe in Me, and be drawn into this deep, abiding relationship with Me. You are worthwhile, and God will be glorified in this.” Because while it is ultimately all about God and His glory, we also see that God is glorified, and this pleases Him, when we walk in unity with the truth, and with Him. And this is what Jesus set about to do.

This relationship will stand as testimony to the whole world of His goodness, mercy, grace and loving-kindness. Your life and mine stand as a love letter, read out loud, just like this prayer was spoken out loud. God didn’t have to do things this way, but He chose to so that more and more might see and hear and be brought to salvation through Jesus Christ. He has made it known, and He will continue to make it known, because it glorifies God and it redeems us.

The world will reject us. They do not know Christ. Romans 3 reminds us:

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;
    no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good,
    not even one.”


Even in the face of our sin, Jesus prayed this prayer. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. This is grace. This is the rhythm we walk in with Jesus as we seek unity, daily, with the Father, and the rhythm that brings joy into our lives. Let us pause, remember and seek His wisdom & glory for this day.

Father, unity with others comes at a price. Unity with You comes at an even deeper price. Give us strength to sacrifice our pride, nailing it to the cross with Jesus. Give us the strength to die, to see with eyes of one looking back over their life as we draw our final breath, so that we might have eyes to see those things that would fill us with regret, and let us lay those sinful inclinations down to die so that we might live. Let us live in unity with You. Cleanse us, refine us and let us walk in Your glory through the sacrifice of Jesus. Amen.

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A worthy Communion // Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinth Church // chapter 11

“Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.”
1 Corinthians 11:27-32 ESV

We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to remember Christ.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to commune with Him.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to celebrate grace.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to repent and confess.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to worship our King.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to examine our hearts.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to evaluate our witness.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to be encouraged in faith.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to revel in justification.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to bask in true love.
We come each week, the unworthy made worthy, to commemorate our salvation.

Understanding all that, why be distracted, why be glib or flippant or disrespectful? Understanding what Jesus did and why He suffered for us, why forget the reason for His suffering?

The unworthy made worthy, all of us who have been baptized into Him, should always seriously consider our hearts and lives in light of the cross. We should be ready and willing to evaluate ourselves in every way. Remembering grace at work in us, we do not neglect the reason why grace was needed, or that we still daily fall short without Christ. If we are going to GoLove others for Christ, we should remember, with all honesty, why we need Him so badly.

Personal evaluation keeps us humble. Personal evaluation points us toward our need for grace. Never do it from rote, but always from the heart.

Lord, save, i pray…

(unmarked journal entry – presumably luke 3)

i am fully aware of just how inadequate i am.

i am mindful of my sins, and they bring me pain daily. they are a reminder of the futility of my own works. i am the lowest of the low, one who knows the truth of Christ, but still continues to sin. when will i ever get it through my thick skull and impoverished will, that i need to allow God to aid me (guide, really) in every decision i make?

i am lost.

but praise God! i am not alone, He has revealed to me a righteousness that comes to me through faith in Jesus Christ. i can never earn it for myself. i can’t steal it or manufacture it in any way. it is given to me through grace, and by faith. and all my best efforts wouldn’t even come close. praise God! that through the sacrifice of Jesus, i can be made pure, righteous, holy and worthwhile. my life can be an example of just how far His grace can go!

praise God! praise God! praise God!

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i don’t remember what was going on when i wrote this, but obviously the weight of my sin was heavy on my shoulders that morning. there were no major indiscretions going on, i can say that for certain. but the daily weight of sin can beat me down, and then knowledge of just who i am, and how often i fail…spending just a moment thinking about it makes me understand just how unworthy i am.

and as painful as reminders of our own sin can be, looking at john the baptists’ call to repentance, we must examine ourselves in order to repent. you can’t just say, ‘i won’t do that stuff anymore,’ but not acknowledge what it was.

we have to acknowledge what our weaknesses are, and if there is a road/path in life to avoid, then we must acknowledge what and where they are, so we can avoid them and ask God for strength to do so. i cannot pretend that i am perfect for even a moment, or that i do not need help. i know better than that, and to act otherwise is arrogant and foolish.

so, when i remember Jesus, i must also remember why i need Him so badly. each day i am presented with choices to make. they have consequences that bear a deeper significance than i am wont to admit. and so, i must examine myself, asking God to reveal the areas of my heart that need to be repaired, and painful as that may be, it is better to  ask for His help now than to await His judgment hoping that i was good enough on my own. i know better.

Father, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Spirit, have mercy.

save this wretched man from himself, and use me for Your glory.

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