Joh 17:15 I am not praying that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17 Dedicate them by the truth; your word is truth.
Joh 17:18 As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
Joh 17:19 I dedicate myself for them, so that they also may be dedicated by the truth.
dedicated and sent
In the next chapter, we will read Jesus’ statement before Pilate: “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to give evidence of the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”1 He had a mission, and that mission would send him to the cross. But that mission also was also to give evidence of the truth.
We have a mission as well. Just as the Father sent Him into the world, He has sent us into the world. We have a responsibility to communicate the truth of the gospel, and also to give evidence of it.
Lord, give us the single-mindedness of people who are dedicated and sent.