Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
Last week we asked the question “What’s Love?” The question was asked because it needs to be asked. Love has become an intangible concept these days.
But then we saw God define love for us in a picture found in 1 John 4:10. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Love is best described in that God sent his Son as an atoning (at-one-ing) sacrifice for our sins. Thanks to this display of God’s love, we are “at one” with our God. That’s really good news!
This week we have a different question. “What’s Truth?” And our reason for asking the question is the same. Let’s be honest. Can anyone agree on what’s true and what’s not these days?
Maybe we can’t. But this Sunday, we’re going to hear Jesus make a very simple and very clear statement. You read it above. “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
The night before he died to pay the price for the sins of the world, Jesus prayed this prayer to his Father. He asked his Father to set his disciples apart (that’s what sanctify means). And he asked they be set apart in truth.
Why? Because they were about to be sent into the world. A place where people have no interest in hearing they are wrong—no interest in hearing they are sinful and can’t please God on their own. In order to do THAT job—in order to preach to people like me—and people like you—Jesus’ disciples needed to be set apart—they needed to be placed in a bubble of truth.
They needed to be placed in a bubble of truth (and yes... I’m picturing Jake Gyllenhaal in “Bubble Boy.” I kinda hope you are too :) not because it’s convenient—not because it gives power to a majority—but because our sin separates us from God and his love has reunited us.
The truth of God’s Word is not only inconvenient, it strips EVERY human being of power and puts EVERYONE on the exact same playing field.
Looking for truth? Spend some time digging into God’s Word. You’ll see your true sin. You’ll see God’s true love.
Can’t wait to dig into the truth of God’s Word with you some more this weekend!