During his lifetime, John Knox earned the nickname “the Fiery Reformer” for his boldness in the pulpit and his courage in leading Scotland out of the Middle Ages. Mary Queen of Scots actually said about him that “I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe.” But, like many men, he was anxious about dying. He was concerned about passing on to the next life, so he had his wife read John 17 to him on his deathbed. He said that this is where he cast his anchor when he was first saved and this is where he will cast his anchor when he dies.
What made him turn to this passage of Scripture? In John 17, Jesus prays for His disciples. In fact, He prays for all of the disciples from that moment until the end of time. He says, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word ...” (verse 20). In other words, this is a prayer for us today. The Son of God talks to God the Father on our behalf. And what does He pray for? “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth” (verse 17).
Does it encourage you to know that Jesus prayed for you? Does it encourage you to know that He was concerned with your sanctification on the night before His death? You were on His mind as He went to the cross. You were in His prayers as went to Calvary. Are you anxious about anything today? Like John Knox, are you worried about death or sickness or trials in your life? Do you need an anchor to hold onto? You have one right here in this amazing passage and please join us this Sunday morning at 9:30 as we look at it together. We meet at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. I look forward to studying it with you. - Jeremy Cagle