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MARCH: Jesus' Prayer for Us

March 23

“FOR THEIR SAKES”

And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
John 17:19

This wonderful statement tells us what led Christ to do all He did forus. It is all here! “For their sakes I sanctify myself.” If only we could see this. This is the thing that leads to sanctification. “For their sakes,” He says, He is going to do all this. Who are these people for whom He does it? Enemies of God and therefore enemies of Christ, self-willed creatures, people who listen to Satan rather than to God, people who deliberately believe the lies against God, people who have set themselves up and put their own wills and desires against the will of God, people who delight in evil, who are full of malice, envy, lust, and passion—you and I, as we were in sin and in evil, as the result of the Fall.

“For their sakes.” We must recognize, guilty sinners as we are, that it is for us that He has done all this. “I sanctify myself,” says the eternal Son of God, the holy and pure One, the blameless and spotless One, the One whose supreme joy was to do the will of His Father. Can you imagine a greater contrast than that between “they” and “I”? And yet He says, “I sanctify myself,” which not only means the totality of His personality, but also that He did it voluntarily and willingly.

There was nothing in us to recommend this; there was no motive that could arise from anything in us. Man in sin is so condemned and hopeless that he does not want to be saved or even ask to be. No request ever went out from man to God for salvation; it has come entirely from God. “Here am I,” says our Lord.“Send Me.”

A Thought to Ponder

Man in sin is so condemned and hopeless that he does not want to be saved or even ask to be.

From Sanctified Through the Truth, pp. 42-43.



Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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