14 I have given them Your word, and the world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I do not ask that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.
Jesus has given us God’s word. The word of God is very different from being a word in a book, or even a word that we humans may speak.
We can see from the first few verses of John’s gospel that the Word of God is Jesus, and that the word of God is also powerful, since all of creation has come into being through The Word:
Through Him all things came into being, and without Him not even one thing that has been created came into being – John 1.3.
Therefore, when Jesus said that He had given to His disciples God’s word there is a sense in which He is saying that He had given Himself to them, since He is the Word of God.
He had come amongst them in a display of the creative power that is His, the Father’s, and the Holy Spirit’s.
He came into this world to bring God’s eternal word. Jesus said:
49 Because I did not speak from Myself, but the One who sent Me, the Father, gave Me a commandment: what I should say and what I should speak.
50 And I know that His commandment is eternal life. Therefore, I say whatever the Father has spoken to Me; it is this that I speak” – John 12.49-50.
Therefore, whatever Jesus said to His disciples came from the Father – every word!
How much do we value the words’ that Jesus has given to us?
The answer to that question is to be seen in how much we allow His words to mould our attitudes, which in turn shapes our thinking, the words of our mouth, and the actions of our lives.
Many people will say that they live by the words of Jesus given to us through the Sermon on the Mount. Yet how many of us ‘turn the other cheek’, or ‘love their enemies’, or ‘pray for those who persecute us’? We cannot avoid the fact that the words of God, delivered to us by Jesus, may be uncomfortable for us. However, they are the words of eternal life. They are the words that can change the world, because God’s words are filled with the same power that creates all things, and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.