April 14, 2019 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1891
#6 in series
The Disciples in this World
This series gives us a glimpse into the prayer life of Jesus. At His lowest point, facing His trial and the cross, Jesus soars into the heavenlies and prays for His disciples and, yes, even for us. In the last message, we looked at the life of Jesus as the Word of God and His suï¬ƒciency in all things. If you want to know what God the Son is doing right now, you need to engage in this study. The Lord is praying for us, and what He prayed over 2,000 years ago still applies today.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
I. JESUS GIVES US PERSPECTIVE
II. JUDAS NEVER TRULY BELIEVED
“When He was here, Jesus was their ï¬rst and last line of defense. If they were threatened, He was there to receive the blows. If they were hated, He was there to allow that hate to be expended on Himself. Now He was going, and the hate that had formerly been directed against Himself would soon fall in equal fury upon the disciples.” – James Montgomery Boice
“Judas was not kept because he was never given to the Son of God by the Father. Christ knew that Judas was an imposter.” (John 6:70; 13:10).
Judas is not an example of someone who lost his salvation; he’s an example of a hypocrite who pretended to have salvation but didn’t.
“It was not his fate to be lost; it was his destiny. There is a diï¬€erence between fate and destiny. Fate is what you are compelled to do, what you cannot help; destiny is what you ï¬nd possible if you make the right choices.” – Ray Steadman
The term used for Judas is also used in Scripture to describe the Antichrist in 2 Thessalonians 2:3
III. JESUS TALKED ABOUT JOY IN HIS DARKEST HOUR
Jesus was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, but He was also full of joy. “For the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame...” (Hebrews 12:2)
In these last few hours, Jesus shared powerful truths and promises with the disciples.
1) His love (15:9) 2) His joy (17:13)
3) His peace (14:27)
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace...” – Galatians 5:22
On what basis should I live with joy?
IV. JESUS TOLD THE DISCIPLES THEY WOULD BE HATED BY THE WORLD
“This Bible has nothing good to say about the world system. There is that repeated contrast between Babylon and the heavenly Mt. Zion. The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (2 Corinthians 1:18ï¬€. The friendship of this world is enmity with God (James 4:4). The love of the world robs us of the Father’s love (1 John 2:15-17). Satan is the prince of this world (John 14:30). The fashion of this world is passing away (1 Cor. 7:31). In fact, the world itself is passing away (1 John 2:17).” – Warren Wiersbe
Three speciï¬c prayers:
1) That they be kept in __ (vv. 11, 21)
2) That they be kept from __ (v. 15)
3) That they be __ by the truth (v. 17)
Remember and review:
- Verse 11: “Keep them in Your name.” God’s name is His character. We are in Christ and in the Father. He’s our fortress.
- Verse 12: “keeping” – protecting, watching over The tense indicates He did this over and over again.
- Verse 12: “guarded” – a military word; to build a garrison around something, to protect
God’s truth is revealed in the: