There are many times that I would like to just be taken to be with the Lord. No, do not take that to mean I dislike living or that I am suicidal, because I am not. I enjoy this life for the most part. I still long for the day when Jesus comes again. On this day we have been looking at what is truly the “Lord’s Prayer” from John 17.
This is a request of Jesus in His prayer that should really cause us to have a heart full of praise and thanksgiving:
“I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil” John 17:15 (KJV).
Jesus has given His Word to His disciples, and the “World” hates His disciples. Why would that be? First of all, because the world hates Jesus, and secondly, because the world hates truth – the real truth. The truth that all who are apart from Jesus are apart from God. The truth that there is only one way to God and Heaven, and that is through faith in the One who died, was buried, and now lives again. The real problem the world has with Jesus is the cross. The cross of Jesus Christ offends the basic selfish drive that mankind has.
Jesus does not ask that His followers be delivered from the worlds hatred, but that we be sanctified through it. Whether we Christians want to believe it or not we will be hated by those who hate God. Yet, we are called to serve the Lord in this world. We are called to live for Him, proclaim Him, that those who would believe would be saved. We will be delivered from evil, and from the evil one.
The world with its evil intent will not prevail. The Lord’s work on the cross and the resurrection has already gained the victory. We are to wait with patience for that day when He comes to take us home to Himself.
-Tim A. Blankenship