MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS DISCIPLES

The scripture reading for today is taken from the Gospel of John chapter 17 verses 1 to 26. This is a prayer that was said before the arrest of Jesus by the Roman Soldiers.  We will only discuss part of the prayer from verses 1 to 11 with the summary of the prayer is in the bullet points below.


  • Jesus looked up to Heaven and said, " Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your Son, so that Son may give glory to you. For you gave him authority over all people, so that he might give eternal life to those you gave him. And eternal life means to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
  • "I have shown your glory on earth, I have finished the work you gave me to do. Father! give me glory in your presence now, the same glory I had with you before the world was made.
  • "I have made you known to those you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me. They obeyed your word, and now they know that everything you gave me comes from you. I gave them the message that you gave me, and they received it; They know that it is true that I came from you and they believe that you sent me.
  • " I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those you gave me, for they belong to you. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine; and my glory is shown through them.
  • "Holy father keep them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one just as you and I are one."
Discussion
  •  Jesus knew that the hour of his arrest was near and he prayed for his disciples before he was taken away. He knew that after his arrest, he will have no time to pray for them and preach to the people but his glory will be revealed.
  •  And also Jesus knew that all the work he was supposed to do were all done and he prayed to God for the glory of God to be revealed in him.
  • He prayed to his Father to keep the disciples safe. He said, "I do not pray for the world but for the people whom God gave  them to me". He knew that his glory will be shown through them.
Of course we belong to this world but it is by the Grace of the Lord that he chose us to be his disciples and so this prayer is for all christians too.
  •  Now, how can we reveal God's glory in us to the world? 
  • What is the task that Jesus assigned to us to be completed and when is it expected to be completed?
  • What reward we will get when we complete all the work that is given to us.
To answer the above questions it depends on individual opinion based on the scriptures in the Holy Bible. But for the purpose of our discussion today we could conclude that :
  • By believing in the word of God and obey his commandments and continue to have fellowship with him will reveal Christ's glory in us. And we will be seen as God's children. 
  • We have the task of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to friends and love ones who do not believe in the word of God. Continue to pray and worship him and support churches and Gospel ministries to reach out to the people to gather lost sheeps. Preaching the gospel and spreading  Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached people is the task we have at hand which we must never give up.
  • When the life on earth is over, then all our work on earth is done, God will reveal his glory in us and give us peace and reward us with the Eternal life.
Amen


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