ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 442


your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the
world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them
out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not
belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth;
teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world,
I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for
them so they can be made holy by your truth.
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever
believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just
as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may
they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are
one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect
unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as
much as you love me. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be
with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because
you loved me even before the world began!
“O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these
disciples know you sent me. I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in
After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas, the betrayer, knew this
place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. The leading
priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and
Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and
weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.
Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped
forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.
“Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.
“I Am he,” Jesus said. ( Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with
them.) As Jesus said “I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground!
Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”
And again they replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.”
“I told you that I Am he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want,
let these others go.” He did this to fulfill his own statement: “I did not lose
a single one of those you have given me.”
Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave. But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back

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