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Devotional - week of January 27, 2002


THE SANCTIFICATION OF OUR LORD

And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.  John 17:19

In John 10:36 Jesus testified that He had been sanctified by the Father and sent into the world. “Sanctified” first of all means set apart. The Father set Jesus apart to come to this earth and do His work as Savior and Lord.

In the New Testament Jesus is referred to as “the holy one.” The word holy carries the same idea as sanctified. He was the “set apart one.”

Jesus spoke the words of John 17:19 in prayer to the Father. These words add a new dimension to His sanctification. Literally His words are “I am sanctifying myself …” 

Jesus prayed this prayer just minutes before entering the Garden of Gethsemane where He repeatedly prayed, “Not my will but Thine be done.” Surely, His prayer of sanctifying Himself was a prayer of availability to the will of the Father.”

Jesus’ availability to the Father’s will meant He was even available to die on the cross. He sanctified Himself—He made available Himself—to die for sinners.

In the prayer of John 17:19 Jesus told the Father He was making Himself available to the Father so that believers might be made available to the Father by the truth.

Jesus knew that He had come as “the Last Adam” to begin a new race. He would be crucified, buried, and resurrected and members of His new race would be crucified, buried, and resurrected.

Members of Jesus’ new race live out the life of sanctification—availability to the Father—through experiencing their crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

But believers must first understand the truth that they are crucified, buried, and resurrected. They also must know the truth of how to experience crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

When believers possess these truths and act upon them, they will increasingly experience their sanctification just as Jesus experienced His. They will more and more be available to the Father.