John 17 NKJV
Jesus prays for himself
17 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He [a]should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together [b]with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6 “I have [c]manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep[d] through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them [e]in the world, I kept them in [f]Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is [g]lost except the son of [h]perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray 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, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify[i] them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who [j]will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
When reading this passage ask yourself these three questions:
- What is being given?
- Who is receiving it?
- What is being given back?
The hour (the time for the cross) has come. Glorify Your Son. The Son will glorify You.
Jesus was given authority by God to give eternal life to those God has given to him. This is eternal life… that we would know God. This is what Jesus glorifying God and God glorifying Jesus on earth looks like: Jesus gives life to us which is the glory of God; knowledge of himself of God and the Holy Spirit; then we accept that gift and live it out. God’s glory is to be shared.
God gave Jesus all things. Jesus gives that to us so that we may know that he is from God. He glorified God’s name to us. He asks that God keep us in that name. Jesus said, and things I speak in the world, so that they may have my joy, so that it will be fulfilled in ourselves. What is his joy? It is his comfort, the Holy Spirit.
He says sanctify me, you have set me apart to do your will. I now ask the same for them; to send them out and be set apart in the world. Jesus prays for us specifically in these verses. For all of us in present time, the future and those in the past who believed in him after his death, resurrection and ascension. He is one with God and God with him, so that we will be one with Them.
Why does Jesus want this? Because he wants the world to continue to know God sent Christ and that he loves us as he loves Christ. This is God’s purpose for the world. Missions and evangelism.
Jesus wants us to be with him so that we may see his glory that God gave him from the foundation of the world. Jesus will continue to make it known because the love which God loves him will be in us. Therefore we have the same love God has for the Son and that the Son has for the Father. He came to give us this glory so that we would give it in return.
Can you now see how deep that love flows? How can we not pass that on? How can we not completely love and adore the Son, our Savior and God, the Father?