Seventh Sunday of Easter

(13 May 2018)

Acts 1:12–26; Ps. 1:1-6; 1 John 5:9–15; John 17:11b–19

Entrance: LSB 491 Up through Endless Ranks of Angels

Of the Day: LSB 539 Christ Is the World’s Redeemer

Offertory: LSB 771 Be Still, My Soul, before the Lord

Distribution: LSB 708 Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart;

LSB 821 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

Closing: LSB 842 Son of God, Eternal Savior

Our Great High Priest Preserves Us in the Name of His Father

On the eve of His Passion, Christ Jesus intercedes for the disciples as their merciful and great High Priest. He prays that His Father would protect them “from the evil one” and preserve them in His name (John 17:11–12, 15). Along with His prayer, Christ Himself comes to the Father by His self-sacrifice upon the cross, thereby consecrating Himself for the sake of His disciples, “that they also may be sanctified in truth” (John 17:19). To that same end, He speaks to them in the world and gives them His Father’s Word, that is, Himself. His apostles, in turn, have written these things “to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). For “this life is in his Son,” whom He has given by His Word, and “whoever has the Son has life” (1 John 5:11–12). By this apostolic testimony, disciples are gathered together “with one accord,” as one Body in Christ, “devoting themselves to prayer” and waiting upon the Lord in “the upper room” of His Church on earth (Acts 1:13–14). 

Dr. Martin Luther:

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER - John 17:11b–19 (May 13)

“If I cling to Christ in true faith and remain in Him, it is impossible for sin and death to accuse and condemn me; for Christ has conquered them. This, however, is accomplished, not by our strength but by faith in Him. In this way we, like pious lambs, remain resting in the arms of Christ, the faithful Shepherd. Therefore whoever is a Christian and takes hold of Christ by faith is not terrified by the devil; nor is he cowed by sin and death.” Luther's Works 22:356

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - John 17:11-19

Greek Tuesday takes on John 17:11-19.


Worldview Everlasting – Homestar Runner.Satire "It's Dot Com!" (John 17:11b-19)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on John 17, with a special guest appearance by everyone's favorite YouTube pas(t)time while they're waiting for Worldview Everlasting's tech issues to be resolved.

[T]his is really to show and explain why it is so important that if we’re going to have shepherds of the flocks in our midst, if we’re going to cling to the belief that God has given us the apostolic office, the office of the ministry, for the sake of proclaiming this Word in our midst, we better darn well be training those guys to be able to read the texts in the original (languages). Because if we don’t, then we are literally subverting ourselves and subjecting ourselves to other church bodies and what they have decided the Bible means, rather than what the Bible actually says …

We’re setting ourselves up for failure when we give up the languages. (4:30 - 5:08)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Ascension and the 7th Sunday of Easter — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:18, 23.1 MB, 2015-May-13)


Lectionary Podcast - Easter 7 - Series B - John 17:11b-19 with Dr. Roland F. Ziegler

Dr. Roland F. Ziegler, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


John 17:11b-19 (SBLGNT)

11 πάτερ ἅγιε, τήρησον αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ᾧ δέδωκάς μοι, ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν ⸀καθὼς ἡμεῖς.

12 ὅτε ἤμην μετʼ ⸀αὐτῶν ἐγὼ ἐτήρουν αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ⸀ᾧ δέδωκάς μοι, ⸀καὶ ἐφύλαξα, καὶ οὐδεὶς ἐξ αὐτῶν ἀπώλετο εἰ μὴ ὁ υἱὸς τῆς ἀπωλείας, ἵνα ἡ γραφὴ πληρωθῇ.

13 νῦν δὲ πρὸς σὲ ἔρχομαι, καὶ ταῦτα λαλῶ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἵνα ἔχωσιν τὴν χαρὰν τὴν ἐμὴν πεπληρωμένην ἐν ⸀ἑαυτοῖς.

14 ἐγὼ δέδωκα αὐτοῖς τὸν λόγον σου, καὶ ὁ κόσμος ἐμίσησεν αὐτούς, ὅτι οὐκ εἰσὶν ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου καθὼς ἐγὼ οὐκ εἰμὶ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου.

15 οὐκ ἐρωτῶ ἵνα ἄρῃς αὐτοὺς ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου ἀλλʼ ἵνα τηρήσῃς αὐτοὺς ἐκ τοῦ πονηροῦ.

16 ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου οὐκ εἰσὶν καθὼς ἐγὼ ⸂οὐκ εἰμὶ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου⸃.

17 ἁγίασον αὐτοὺς ἐν τῇ ⸀ἀληθείᾳ· ὁ λόγος ὁ σὸς ἀλήθειά ἐστιν.

18 καθὼς ἐμὲ ἀπέστειλας εἰς τὸν κόσμον, κἀγὼ ἀπέστειλα αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸν κόσμον·

19 καὶ ὑπὲρ αὐτῶν ἐγὼ ἁγιάζω ἐμαυτόν, ἵνα ⸂ὦσιν καὶ αὐτοὶ⸃ ἡγιασμένοι ἐν ἀληθείᾳ.


Literal Translation

(11)  Holy Father, keep them in Your name, those whom You gave to Me, that they may be one as We are.

(12)  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name; I guarded those whom You gave to Me, and not one of them was lost, except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

(13)  And now I come to You, and I speak these things in the world, that they may have My joy being fulfilled in them.

(14)  I have given them Your Word, and the world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world.

(15)  I do not pray that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil.

(16)  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

(17)  Sanctify them in Your Truth; Your Word is Truth.

(18)  As You have sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world,

(19)  and I sanctify Myself for them, that they also may be sanctified in Truth.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.