Jesus is the best place to start. He is also the best place to stop. He is the best thing to fill all the in between. “What did Jesus say,” or “what would Jesus do.” These questions have been worn out but somehow we still seem to be at odds about His words and His deeds. John is the only gospel writer that can lay claim to seeing both the glory on Jesus and the gory. John was the only disciple at the cross and the transfiguration. He identifies himself as the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” So when John says that Jesus says something, we should certainly take note of it. John 17:15, ” I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil.” This is Jesus praying to the Father(vs 11) and asking for them not to be taken out. The them are the disciples. Read the whole chapter and you will find that the disciples are not of this world. Jesus is also not of this world. But even though Jesus and the disciples are not of this world He asks the Father not to take them out. I have been told that I don’t belong here. I am a stranger in a strange land. This world is not my home. Jesus says similar stuff but prays they stay. The people who told me that stuff prayed the complete opposite. Now, I’m learning that Jesus wants me to be in agreement with Him. Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” I think I will agree with Jesus on this one and pray the way He did. I don’t think its an accident that those he prayed for stayed where He asked His Father to leave them. Why does the church at large want to leave so badly anyway. When a Christian gets cancer or some terminal disease do they throw their hands up and say “awesome, I get to leave” or do they pray to be healed? Healing means you have to stay. 1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Not only did Jesus pray they would stay but He also made provisions for the continued staying. He bore our sins in His own body and now we are dead to them so we can LIVE and He took stripes and those stripes make us healed. Seems like He has already rescued us. Do you know what He rescued you from and do you know what He rescued you for? He rescued you from death and for life but that’s another post. Again, I’m just getting started. Stay tuned.