- John 17:1-26
- Matthew 26:36-56
- Mark 14:32-52
- Luke 22:39-53
- John 18:1-12
“While I was with them, I kept them in Your name, which You have given Me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled…I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” –John 17:12, 20-21, ESV
Jesus’ interest in the disciples transcended above friendship and above teaching. He protected them, not only for their own sake, but so that you and I could know Him. Jesus focused not he immediate people before Him that the people that would come after could receive the hope of salvation. Jesus’ laser-focus on the disciples, the ones that would learn from Him, required that He be purposed in His approach. Jesus did not teach like He was teaching you and I. He taught the men before Him in such a way that those few men would most effectively spread the word.
We can get overwhelmed with the enormity of spreading the gospel to the world. The famines across the world, the children dying of starvation, the need for clean water, the scripture needing translating to remote languages, the need to find solutions to the problems within our own nation, and on and on and on. The troubles facing humanity overwhelm the senses and freeze one’s ability to work. But taking a note from Jesus, we too can have a laser-focus on that which is directly before us. One might be called to teaching, another to missions, another to language proficiency, another to children’s ministry. You need not be the master of all. You need not have your finger in each of the world’s problems. You need only to do that which He put before you.
Jesus’ specific focus created lasting impacts for all eternity. Jesus did not solve the world’s issues; He focused on the purpose before Him and the results came after He ascended.