May 15, 2018

Acts 20: 17- 27

20:17 Then, sending from Miletus to Ephesus, he called those greater by birth in the church.
20:18 And when they had come to him and were together, he said to them: “You know that from the first day when I entered into Asia, I have been with you, for the entire time, in this manner:
20:19 serving the Lord, with all humility and despite the tears and trials which befell me from the treacheries of the Jews,
20:20 how I held back nothing that was of value, how well I have preached to you, and that I have taught you publicly and throughout the houses,
20:21 testifying both to Jews and to Gentiles about repentance in God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
20:22 And now, behold, being obliged in spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,
20:23 except that the Holy Spirit, throughout every city, has cautioned me, saying that chains and tribulations await me at Jerusalem.
20:24 But I dread none of these things. Neither do I consider my life to be more precious because it is my own, provided that in some way I may complete my own course and that of the ministry of the Word, which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God.
20:25 And now, behold, I know that you will no longer see my face, all of you among whom I have traveled, preaching the kingdom of God.
20:26 For this reason, I call you as witnesses on this very day: that I am clean from the blood of all.
20:27 For I have not turned aside in the least from announcing every counsel of God to you.

John 17: 1- 11

17:1 Jesus said these things, and then, lifting up his eyes toward heaven, he said: “Father, the hour has arrived: glorify your Son, so that your Son may glorify you,
17:2 just as you have given authority over all flesh to him, so that he may give eternal life to all those whom you have given to him.
17:3 And this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
17:4 I have glorified you on earth. I have completed the work that you gave me to accomplish.
17:5 And now Father, glorify me within yourself, with the glory that I had with you before the world ever was.
17:6 I have manifested your name to the men whom you have given to me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me. And they have kept your word.
17:7 Now they realize that all the things that you have given me are from you.
17:8 For I have given them the words that you gave to me. And they have accepted these words, and they have truly understood that I went forth from you, and they have believed that you sent me.
17:9 I pray for them. I do not pray for the world, but for those whom you have given to me. For they are yours.
17:10 And all that is mine is yours, and all that is yours is mine, and I am glorified in this.
17:11 And though I am not in the world, these are in the world, and I am coming to you. Father most holy, preserve them in your name, those whom you have given to me, so that they may be one, even as we are one.