Tuesday to Thurssay of the Seventh Week of Easter – The reading is from the Gospel of John 17:1-26.
The Prayer of Jesus - John Chapter 17
When Jesus had said this, he raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely.
I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the worldj but that you keep them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.
I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.
This passage is the climax of the last discourse(s) of Jesus.
Ever since the sixteenth century, Chapter 17 of John has been called the “high priestly prayer” of Jesus. Many phrases in this prayer are reminiscent of the Lord’s Prayer.
Although still in the world, Jesus looks on his earthly ministry as a thing of the past. Here, Jesus speaks as intercessor, with words addressed directly to God the Father and not to his disciples, who supposedly only overhear.
The prayer is one of petition, for his immediate (John 17:6–19) and future (John 17:20–21) disciples.
Whereas Jesus has up to this time stated that the disciples could follow him:
- My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.” (John 13:33)
- Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered [him], “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” (John 13:36)
now he wishes them to be with him in union with the Father
- When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. (John 17:12–14)
- Jesus said, “A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me.” (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)
- Jesus said, “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)
- Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)Be Ready! Jesus Is Coming Soon! (http://bummyla.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/be-ready-jesus-is-coming-soon/
- Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.” (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)
- Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)
- Jesus said, “I came into the world as light…” (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)
- Be Ready! Jesus Is Coming Soon! (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- How to glorify God in your work (cinhosa.wordpress.com)
- 120523–George Hach’s Inner Discipline’s Journal–Wednesday – Matthew 14:22-36 (georgehachmyblog.wordpress.com)
- John 17 – A High Priestly Prayer? (readingacts.wordpress.com)
- You gave them to me (pattyperkowski.com)
- HOW JESUS SHOWED HUMILITY IN HIS FINAL MOMENTS WITH COMMUNION, PRAYER AND THEN BETRAYAL! Mark 14:22-50 (MSG) (vineandbranchworldministries.com)
- JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS DISCIPLES (vineandbranchworldministries.com)