Kimberley Reflections – 24 May – Dean Reginald Leeuw

John 17: 11-19.
Dear friends good evening as we await with bated breath the President’s speech later this evening. It’s been more than fifty days in Lockdown and no one knows for sure what level 3 of Lockdown will look like, and which part of the country will go into level 3. We, like the disciples, the first hearers of Jesus’ High Priestly prayer captured so nicely in Gospel of John chapter 17, are unsure of the future. But three things Jesus prayed for are protection, unity and preservation of truth. These are the three pivots that disciples, both of yesteryear and today, will hold on to in times of uncertainty
Jesus knows that the world that he descended to, and in which we live, did not like him from the beginning; a world which, if we are true to our calling, will not love us either. But Jesus reassures us of God’s protection. We go into the unknown future assured of God’s protection.
Here I am reminded of the old South African coin which had the words “Eendrag maak mag”, “Unity is strength” in English. One of the enemy’s strategies to rend God’s flock asunder is the planting and exploitation of seeds of dissatisfaction and disunity. To quote Jesus Christ “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand” (Matt 12:25). We go into the unknown future united in our faith in Jesus Christ.
Lastly Jesus’ prayer is that his disciples will be sanctified in the truth: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (v17). To know what the truth is puts one in an advantageous position, and the truth of life is that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world, and if we hold on to this truth we know we shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Sleep well dear friends assured of God’s protection, unity and truth.
To God be the glory.