Jesus Prays of Himself:
(Read John 17:1-5)
John's Gospel chapter 17 is called Christ's high priestly prayer. Christ's appointed “hour” has finally arrived to glorify the Father. The hour that Christ referred to was not only the hour of death but also his resurrection and exaltation. Here Jesus was praying for his disciples before he was betrayed. He began and ended the last supper with unity of disciples on His mind. Jesus was praying for himself, for the immediate disciples and also for the entire church (1-5; 6-19; 20-26). His mission on earth was to glorify the Father by his death on the cross. Jesus asks his Father to restore him to his original state of glory in heaven (17:1,5). Jesus glorified the Father by accomplishing the work of salvation he was sent to do. Christ has brought eternal life to all those who believe in him. To have eternal life is to know the Father and His Son personally (17:3). Eternal life is, knowing and experiencing the divine nature and moral attributes of God (2 Pet 1:3; Gal 5:22-23). Though Christians have already begun to see the reality of salvation, we will experience the fullness of its glory when Christ returns (17:24; 2 Cor 4:6). In this prayer Jesus reveals his tender heart and great plan for the believers. Have you received eternal life by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ?
Jesus Prayed for the Disciples:
(Read John 17:6-19)
Jesus thinks of disciples as treasured gift from the Father. He revealed the Father to them and they obeyed his word (17:6). He cherishes us as a bridegroom loves his bride (Ephesians 5:22-23). The evidence of true conversation is obedience. They believes that Christ came from Father and that God had sent him. Jesus is not praying for the world but for the disciples because they belong to him. He prays that they may be protected in the wicked world and stand united against Satan. He also prays that they may be protected from the evil one (17:15). Jesus prays that disciples would be filled with His joy (17:13). He did not pray that Disciples would not suffer but that they will be kept from the evil one (17:15). During His earthly ministry Christ protected the disciples. Judas was lost by his own choice. Now Christ was about to leave the world (17:11). Christian unity is not uniformity. Our unity is based on what Christ has done for us. Christ wants us to have that essential unity. It is an organic unity and comes as a result of shared life. We are exhorted to give diligence to this existing unity produced by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:3). Christ did not pray that disciples should be taken out of the world, but be kept from the evil one. The disciples do not belong to the world, they belong to Christ.(17:9-10). Jesus prays that they may the same joy that fills his own heart (17:13). Jesus prays that the Father would sanctify them by truth (17:17). Christ the embodiment of all truth. God's word creates an increasing desire to consecrated us for God's use. As the Father has sent the Son, we are sent to witness Christ. The consecration occurs only when see the grace and glory of Christ revealed in the gospel.
Jesus Prays for the Entire Church:
(Read John 17:20-26)
Jesus now prays for the entire church on the night of his betrayal. Jesus' prayer also includes the future believers (17:20). They are the fruit of his labor (17:6). Jesus prays for the unity of them (17:21-22). The Father had manifested His glory through the Son, now the Son manifests himself through his followers ( 17:22; Mat 5:16). When Christians live in unity, the world will see God's love revealed through them (13:35). Those who are saved are part of God’s family. The Christian harmony is the result of being united with God in Christ. All human differences are secondary. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one in love and purpose. The eternal life is knowing the Father and the Son intimately. They will see the glory of the Father in Jesus (17:26; 14:9; 2 Cor 4:6). The gift of eternal life is wonderful beyond words! Through the Holy Spirit we love Jesus with the same love that the Father has for the Son (17:26 ; Rom 5:5). Jesus is confident that because the Father is faithful, He would answer his request for his followers. What a wonderful Savior! Have you received eternal life by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ?