Sanctify them in your truth. Your word is truth. ~John 17:17
In John 17 we find Jesus praying for himself and his disciples. He knew his time on earth was quickly coming to an end. He knew Judas had already betrayed him. He knew death was on his heels.
Jesus began the disciple prayer by recognizing that God gave him these men and women to listen and believe the message. He acknowledges the fact that he will be joining God soon, but that the disciples will continue carrying the good news on earth. He asks for protection of the disciples, because Jesus knows the world hates them, just as the world hates him.
He then asks God to sanctify them in His truth. What exactly does sanctify mean?
Merriam Webster defines it this way:
Definition of sanctify
1: to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use :consecrate
2: to free from sin :purify
3a: to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect tob: to give moral or social sanction to
4: to make productive of holiness or piety
observe the day of the sabbath, to sanctify it — Deuteronomy 5:12 (DV)
Jesus wanted God to continue teaching the disciples through the Word. He wanted these followers to show others how they could abide in Christ, live with the Holy Spirit, and be faithful to God and His truths in the bible.
As believers we are set apart as we soak in God’s Word, apply the lessons to our own lives, and teach others about His love for us. Most importantly, we believe Jesus sanctified each one of us when he paid for our sin on the cross.
This Lent season is about acknowledging our own sin against God. We recognize the things we’ve done and repent with a humble heart so we can be closer to God through Christ. And we can use the Word to understand more and more of His never-ending love for us.
Are you joining me for #biblejournalingthroughlent ? I’ve chosen six verses to journal over the next six weeks. I’d love to see your personal creations as we meditate on God’s Word together and the true meaning of Easter.
Here is the schedule in case this is your first time joining us. It also includes a correction. You can print the new one here.
Share your bible journaling in the comments below or a link to your work on social media. Remember to use the hashtag #biblejournalingthroughlent !!