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“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy” (John 17:13 NLT).

From: May 28, 2018

CHRIST’S JOY NOW AVAILABLE TO US
What is this joy that resides in Christ? Isn’t it the continual, irrepressible joy that He shares in fellowship with the Father? As Jesus prayed in anticipation for His return to the Father, He prayed that we might become one in this same fellowship. And by being one in fellowship with the Father, Son and Spirit, we might share in their mutual joy.
 
The apostle Paul wrote that believers are to “be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18), “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16), and so bear the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-23). One of the chief attributes of this “fruit,” second only to love, is joy. This joy comes from being in union with the Spirit.
 
The apostle John also wrote about this fellowship of joy. In his first epistle, he wrote, “That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete” (1 John 1:3-4).
 
What is this joy? It is the joy of being in fellowship with the Father, Son and Spirit. It is being held in the embrace of the One who made us, died for us and now offers to live in us.

“But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David’s brother. Now Jonadab was a very crafty man” (2 Samuel 13:3 NKJV).

From: May 28, 2017

Who was Jonadab?
 
Jonadab was the son of Jesse’s third son, David’s brother, Shimeah. He was David’s nephew and a supposed “friend” to David’s firstborn son, Amnon. Yet, on this occasion his true identity was revealed, for as the serpent in the garden of Eden was described as “crafty” (Gen. 3:1), so was he. And as the serpent tempted Adam, he tempted Amnon, advising him of a way to obtain the forbidden fruit of his sister, Tamar. His subtle strategy even involved David, so that his involvement would produce the desired result.
 
So, Amnon followed Jonadab’s advice and raped his his half-sister, Tamar, the full-sister of Absalom, who hated his brother from that day. And two years later, Absalom conspired to have Amnon killed.
 
Now adultery and murder, which had been David’s sins, had been found in David’s sons. And where was Jonadab when the news of Absalom’s revenge was heard in the royal court? He was at the king’s side, advising him not to worry that all his sons were dead at the hands of Absalom, but only Ammon. How did Jonadab know this? He must have been in on Absalom’s secret. Perhaps he had been Absalom’s advisor too.
 
Who was Jonadab? He was the serpent in David’s family. The crafty advisor that led them to follow their fleshly desires.
 
The peace in David’s life was ended. From that day forward, his life was followed with one trouble after another. Surely he could trace his children’s sins to his own, which must have made the pain of it all the more. His sin had left open the door of his house, allowing a serpent to crawl inside and find a mouthpiece in David’s nephew, Jonadab.

“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89 ESV)

From: May 28, 2016

Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem written in celebration of God’s Word. It’s 22 stanzas were based on the Hebrew alphabet and at 176 verses, it is the longest chapter in the Bible. Verse 89 marks the beginning of the “Lamedh” stanza and also stands near the halfway mark of the psalm. It is like a keystone in a beautiful archway, anchoring the Word of God in the heavens. It is wondrous to consider the stars at night, yet God’s Word is more “firmly fixed in the heavens” than any ancient constellation. Why trust an astrological sign when theological revelation is infinitely superior and more clear? The heavens and the earth may pass, but God’s Word will last forever (Matt. 24:35).

“And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:5 NKJV)

From: May 28, 2015

This prayer of Jesus found in John 17 should really be called the Lord’s prayer. The prayer that we call the Lord’s Prayer, might better be called the Model prayer because it was given to teach us how to pray. However, the prayer recorded in John 17 gives us an intimate insight as to how Jesus really prayed. In verse 5, we see Christ’s awareness that He was returning to the Father’s presence to share equal glory with Him, the glory which was His even before the world was created. This prayer was offered before Jesus went to the cross, yet He was already looking past it. As Hebrews 12:2 said, we are to be “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message” (John 17:20 NLT)

From: May 28, 2014

Jesus prayed for those that would believe in him both present and future. That includes us! The prayer found in Matthew 6 that begins “Our Father” is referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer,” but really it is the Lord’s model prayer, for he gave the prayer as an example of how to pray. The prayer found here in John 17 is the best insight into the Lord Jesus actually praying. This is how he poured out his heart to the Father. He prayed specifically for us that we would be one with one another and with God. He prayed for our protection from the evil one. He prayed for us to experience his glory. And we know that the Lord Jesus isn’t finished praying for us. He sits at the right of the Father continually interceding for those who belong to him (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1).

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17)

From: May 28, 2011

What Jesus prayed for us. “Sanctify” (make holy, set apart) them. Jesus prayed that the Father would cause His Word to set us apart for special use. Holiness is not so much the absence of sin as the presence of God’s special calling and spiritual life within us.