In John 17, Jesus prays: "I have given [the disciples] your word, and the world has hated them, for they are no more sons of the world than I am. I am not praying that you will take them out of the world but that you will keep them from the evil one. They are no more the sons of the world than I am — make them holy by the truth; for your word is the truth. I have sent them to the world just as you sent me to the world and I consecrate myself for their sakes that they may be made holy by the truth.”
What a mystery is our relationship to the world in light of being indwelt by the One who came, not to be of it, but to save it! We are the ones He daily sends to be “in” something in which we don’t belong; we are meant to be as disarmingly “other” as He Himself was, to catch people’s attention in the manner in which He did.
That’s why the closing of His prayer for His disciples is so incredible important. Consider the exact wording of verses 17:17-19 - “Sanctify them in the truth, your Word (λόγος, ‘logos’) is truth. As you sent me into the world, I also sent them into the world; and I sanctify myself for them, that they also might be sanctified in truth.”
Our experience of life-in-Jesus isn’t meant to be analogous to the life of Jesus, it’s mean to be absolutely identical. He was “sent,” we are “sent.” He was “sanctified,” we are “sanctified.” But the linchpin for our identical experience of His life can be found in how He states it in verse 17: You and I must be sanctified – bathed in holiness – in the truth that is the λόγος, the Word, Jesus Himself. There is no part of this that’s apart from Him. His eternal, never-changing life is running concurrent to your daily experience of your life.