John 17.11-13 cont.
11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are, as I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them by Your name, the Name which You have given to Me, that they may be one even as We are.
12 When I was with them I kept and guarded them by Your Name, which You gave to Me, and none of them were lost, except the son of perdition, so that the scriptures should be fulfilled.
13 But now I am coming to You, and I say these things whilst in the world that they should have My joy fulfilled within themselves.
Jesus had the certainty that His disciples were not lost. He knew that they were about to abandon Him. Peter was to deny Him; only John would be with Jesus when He died on the cross, all the others had fled. However, this did not mean a permanent forsaking of Him. He knew that He was going to meet with them again after His resurrection. We are blessed to have a record of some of the occasions when Jesus met with them after He had been raised from the dead.
Perhaps it is inevitable that all of us will have the same experience as the disciples did: forsaking Jesus when in the face of opposition. There may be times when we are expected to do the things that the world considers normal, yet we may shrink from the task of being loyal to Jesus for fear of being thought badly of by the world.
When such occasions arise and we fail to be a faithful witness to Jesus, then we must repent in the knowledge that He will come to us and restore us back to Himself.
Jesus said that there was one that was lost and that was Judas. Jesus described him as the ‘son of perdition’. Perdition is not a word with which we are familiar. It was a common Hebrew saying. It is used in Isaiah concerning Israel’s disobedience to God:
Whom do you mock, making faces and sticking out your tongues? You children of sinners (perdition) and liars! – Isaiah 57.4 (NLT).
Paul also used it concerning the man of sin:
Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness (perdition) is revealed; the one who brings destruction – 2 Thessalonians 2.3
It was a word used to describe disobedient children. It means those who are going to destruction and eternal ruin.
Judas had enjoyed all the same protection of Jesus as had the other disciples. He rejected this for momentary monetary gain.
Let us be certain not to throw away so great a salvation, which Jesus has won for us.