Bible Passage:John 17:19a
And for their sakes I sanctify Myself.
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Jesus adds this also that He might again strike at hypocrites and pretenders to holiness. For, after He had prayed that the Father would sanctify them through the Word, someone may perhaps ask: What Word is that which offers and brings to us sanctification? It certainly cannot be the Ten Commandments. Though they are the Word of God, and though they are holy, they cannot give that sanctification of which we are speaking here, which makes us saints before God; nor can we by our own powers fulfill what they require of us; neither can they purify the heart even when those external works are performed. Christ here uses that term "sanctified" in the Old Testament sense. Under Moses they were said to be sanctified who brought their sacrifices, and sacrificed oxen or sheep, or wheat, or flour, or wine, or brought any other thing of the same sort, which, when the priest took them into his hand were no longer considered common things, but were said to be offered to the Lord and sanctified. But My Christians (says Christ) have need of another sacrifice by which they might be sanctified truly; and this shall be done by My sacrificing Myself for them. These words are not to be understood as meaning that Christ had any need to be sacrificed, as one that was not sanctified before; for He was holy from the womb of His mother. But to "sanctify" in this place signifies to discharge and perform the office of priest. I will offer a holy sacrifice and perform the office of priest. And what shall that be? I will "sanctify Myself"; that is, I will be the offering and the victim. I sacrifice Myself as a holy sacrifice, and that for them.
Jesus the sacrifice became
To rescue guilty souls from hell;
The spotless, bleeding, dying Lamb,
Beneath avenging justice fell.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
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