Bible Passage:John 17:24a
Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am.
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This is the last, but of all the most consoling, part of this prayer for all that depend on Christ, by which we are rendered certain and assured of all that which we are brought to expect; namely, that we shall have a rest, and sure and peaceable habitations and mansions, seeing that here in the world we are exiles and live in utter banishment, having no certain dwelling place. What Jesus is saying is this: Be of good cheer. Let the devil and the world roar and rage against you, by destroying you, by burning you, and by exterminating you from off the face of the earth. There is one who holds a most watchful care over you, that you may arrive in safety in the place that you desire, where you shall be safe and secure from the world and all devils. And where is that place? Where I am, He says; that is, in the arms and bosom of the Father. Therefore, we ought to use this Scripture as a support and pillow for our souls, and securely resting on it, be ready to depart with joy when the wished-for moment arrives, in which we are to be delivered from every evil and be taken away into eternal rest. And it has already been shown more than once whom Christ means by these words: Whom Thou hast given Me, that is to say, us, who hold fast His Word, and especially as we do so when the storms of temptation increase, and when the world tries us and covers us with shame for the Word's sake. Then we ought boldly to apply to ourselves these promises, although we are still sinners, filled with much weakness and burdened with many defects.
Jerusalem my happy home,
Name ever dear to me,
When shall my labors have an end
In joy, and peace, and thee?
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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