What is Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer?
QuestionAnswer The prayer of Jesus reported in John 17 is the longest documented prayer of Jesus in any of the Gospels. Following the completion of His final teachings to the disciples and before He is betrayed, imprisoned, and killed, Jesus prays this prayer to the Father. Jesus begins by praying for himself, then for His followers, and last for all Christians, before concluding the prayer. This intercessory prayer is referred to as Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer in some circles. When God revealed the Law to the Israelites via Moses on Mount Sinai, the post of high priest was established in his honor.
On the Day of Atonement, one priest was chosen to serve as the high priest, who would enter the Holy of Holies and give the sacrifice that would temporarily conceal the sins of the people.
When Jesus arrived, He gave His life as the ultimate sacrifice, one that would not only atone for the sins of the people, but also fully cleanse them and bring them to salvation.
Beginning with His High Priestly Prayer, Jesus explains that His goal in coming to earth was to bring honor and glory to His heavenly Father by granting eternal life to all who believe in Him.
- (John 17:3).
- (John 17:2).
- His statements had been accepted by the eleven disciples who stayed with Him.
- According to Jesus, the Father has given Him the disciples, and the disciples are the Father’s property; Jesus and the Father are one in everything (John 17:6, 9–10).
- Given that He will no longer be physically present in the earth, Jesus prays that the Father would provide protection for the disciples.
- Christ declares that the world despises and hates His apostles and disciples because they are not of the world, just as He is not of the world (John 17:14, 16).
- Throughout John 17, Jesus prays that His followers will be purified by the truth, which is God’s Word, and that they will be undivided in their faith (John 17:17).
Following His prayers for His followers, Jesus prays for everyone who would come to trust in Him as a result of their message (John 17:21).
Jesus prays for Christians to be in God so that the rest of the world would come to believe in Jesus as the Messiah (John 17:21).
In John 3:16–17, Jesus declares that He loves the world, and that His sacrifice, which provides eternal life, is available to anyone who trusts in Him.
Jesus also prays for all those who believe in Him to be with Him and to witness His majesty (John 17:24).
He also claims that He has made the Father known to His disciples.
Jesus explains that He recited the High Priestly Prayer because He was on His way to the Father and He wanted His followers to “enjoy the full measure of my joy within them” as He prepared to go (John 17:13).
According to Jesus, “all who come to God via him will be saved entirely” (Hebrews 7:25).
He demonstrates the depth of that redemption via his High Priestly Prayer, which includes themes of oneness, indwelling, glory, and giving, among other things. Questions about John (return to top of page) What is the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus?
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Bible Gateway passage: John 17 – New International Version
Following this, Jesus raised his eyes to the sky and prayed: “Father, the hour has arrived. Please hear my prayer.” Glorify your Son in order for your Son to glorify you. B)”>(B)Glorify your Son in order for your Son to glorify you. C)”>(C)2Because you delegated power to him over all people D)”>(D)in order for him to be able to bestow eternal life E)”>(E)to all those to whom you have entrusted him. F)”>(F)3Now this is everlasting life: that people come to know you, G)”>(G)the one and only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent as a result of knowing you and Jesus Christ.
H)”>(H)4I have brought you glory on the heavenly plane.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
Sixth, “I have exposed youN)”>(N)to those whom you have given me O)”>(O)from all throughout the world.” They belonged to you; you entrusted them to me, and they have remained true to your word. 7They are now aware that all you have given me has come from your hands. Because I offered them the words you gave me (P)”>(P) and they accepted them, I am grateful to you. They were confident that I was sent by you, Q)”>(Q), and they believed that you were the one who sent me. R)”>(R) 9I say a prayer for them.
- I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given to me, T)”>(T).
- U)”>(U)And it is through them that I have received honor.
- As we are one, Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, which you gave me, so that they may be one X)”>(X)as we are one X)”>(X)as we are one X)”>(X)as we are one.
- None have been lost Z)”>(Z)apart from the one who is condemned to destruction AA)”>(AA)in order to bring Scripture to completion.
- AE)”>(AE)since they are not of the world any more than I am not of the world, 14I have given them your word, and the world has rejected them because they are not of the world.
- The earth does not belong to them, just as I do not belong to it.
AG)”>(AG)16 17Sanctify them with the truth, for your word is true. 18As you sent me into the world, AJ)”>(AJ)I have sent them into the world in the same way that you sent me. AK)”>(AK)19I purify myself for them in order that they may also be really sanctified. AL)”>(AL)
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20″My prayer is not only for them, but for all of humanity. I pray also for those who may come to trust in me as a result of their message, that they may all become one. AM)”>(AM)Father, just as you are in me and I am in you, so are we in each other. Please allow them to be in us as well, so that the world would think you have sent me. AN)”>(AN)Thank you for sending me. The glory that you gave me I have given them, AP)”>(AP)in order that they may be one as we are one AQ)”>(AQ)—23I in them and you in me—in order that they may be brought to perfect oneness.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, AU)”>(AU)and to witness my splendor, ” Because you loved me before the formation of the universe, you have given me the honor and glory that you have shown me.
“Righteous Father, while the world does not know who you are, AX)”>(AX)I am aware of your existence, and they are aware that you have sent me.
- Twenty-one “My prayer is not just for them. I pray for those who may come to trust in me as a result of their message, that they may all become one. AM)”>(AM)Father, just as you are in me and I am in you, so I am in you and you are in me.” AN)”>(AN)May they also be in us so that the rest of the world would believe that you have sent me to tell them about you. The glory that you gave me I have given them, AP)”>(AP)in order that they may be one as we are one AQ)”>(AQ)—23I in them and you in me—in order that they may be brought to perfect union. Once that happens, the world will know that you sent me AR)”>(AR)and that you loved them AS)”>(AS)as much as you have loved yourself. 24 Father, I want those you have given me AT)”>(AT)to be with me where I am, AU)”>(AU)and to see my splendor, “Father, Because you loved me before the formation of the universe, you have given me the honor and glory that you have bestowed upon me.” Even though the world does not know who you are, AX)”>(AX)I am aware of your existence, and they are aware of your sending me. “Righteous Father, even though the world does not know who you are, AX)”>(AX)I am aware of your existence, and they are aware that you have sent me.” In order for the love you have for me to be in them and for me to be in them, I have introduced you to them AY)”>(AY)26 and will continue to introduce you to them AZ)”>(AZ) in order that they may be filled with your love for me BA)”>(BA) and that I may be in them.”
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It takes only roughly 650 words to summarize Jesus’ “high priestly prayer” (John 17). Approximately 3 minutes and 30 seconds are required to read it aloud. However, it will take a lifetime for us to comprehend it completely! Several years ago, I discovered that it was beneficial to categorize Jesus’ pleas and proposals into the following categories:
|The Father Gave the Son.||John 17|
|authority to give eternal life||v. 2|
|people out of this world||vv. 2, 6, 9, 24|
|work to accomplish||v. 4|
|his name||vv. 11, 12|
|glory||vv. 22, 24|
|The Son Gives Believers.||John 17|
|eternal life||v. 2|
|Father’s word||vv. 8, 14|
|manifestation of Father’s name||vv. 6, 22|
|The Son Asks the Father to.||John 17|
|glorify him||vv. 1, 5|
|keep believers in the Father’s name||v. 11|
|keep believers from the evil one||v. 15|
|sanctify believers in the truth||v. 17|
|make believers one||v. 21|
|Jesus’ Followers and the World||John 17|
|they are sent into the world||v. 18|
|they are in the world||v. 11|
|they are not of the world||v. 16|
|the world has hated them||v. 14|
|their unity with each other and union with God may cause the world to believe that the Father sent the Son||v. 21|
Another fascinating aspect of Jesus’ prayer is the variety of ways in which the theme of “indwelling” is used to further the cause of unity throughout the prayer. Jesus teaches the following:
- TheFather is in the Son (vv. 21, 23)
- TheSon is in the Father (v. 21)
- Believers are in both the Father and the Son (v. 21)
- TheSon is in believers (vv. 23, 26)
- And believers are in the Father and the Son (vv. 21, 23).
Without a certain, if we fail to identify that these are various types of “indwellings,” we will quickly tumble into heresy! This illustration, however, may be instructive:Jesus’ high priestly prayer is worthy of our most careful consideration, as we attempt to learn from and emulate our great co-heir as he approaches our Father.
Take a listen to D. A. Carson’s lecture on The Supremacy of Christ and Love in a Postmodern World, which will also serve as a chapter in his future book, The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World, for further insights on this prayer.
What is Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer?
The High Priestly Prayer is the prayer that Jesus prayed toward the conclusion of His mission, immediately before His death. It is the longest of all of His recorded prayers. This prayer, which is recorded in John 17, is so titled because it is during this prayer that Jesus fulfills some of the responsibilities of the high priest. The high priests were the most senior religious authorities in the Israelites’ ecclesiastical hierarchy. Their conduct was to be clean, and they were to be physically “healthy,” according to God’s instruction in the Law (Leviticus 21:6–8).
- In His prayer, Jesus modeled this type of intercession between the people and God after the example of the prophets.
- In a way, the time of His High Priestly Prayer seems appropriate.
- He is also known as the Lamb of God (Lamb of God).
- He accepts that His mission on this planet has come to an end.
- As a result of this, Jesus prays for those who have come to believe in Him in faith, including the disciples, as well as for others who would come to believe in Him as a result of the disciples’ witness (meaning all believers in Jesus Christ throughout time, including those alive today).
- Knowing this, Jesus prays for God to protect them from the wicked one and to sanctify them by the Word of God.
- As part of his prayer for unity among believers, Jesus also prays for connection between Christians and the Godhead.
- Jesus’ High Priestly prayer is a treasure trove of theological insights on the nature of the relationship between the Father and the Son, the nature of salvation, Jesus’ purpose on earth, His relationship with mankind, and a host of other topics.
The following is an excerpt from John 17: “Then, after he had finished speaking, he lifted his eyes to the heavens and prayed, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, because you have given him authority over all flesh and the ability to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.” And this is everlasting life: that people come to know you, the one and only true God, as well as Jesus Christ, whom you have sent as their Savior.
- Because I completed the task that you assigned me, I was able to glorify you on this planet.
- They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have remained true to your word.
- Because I have given them the words that you have given me, and they have accepted them and come to understand that I am truly your representative; and they have come to believe that you have sent me.
- No, I’m not praying for the entire world; rather, I’m praying for those whom you have given me, since they are yours.
- They are in the world, but I am no longer in it, and I am on my way to you.
- While I was with them, I made sure to keep them in your name, which you have provided to me in writing.
- Only the son of destruction has gotten away from me.
It is because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world, that they have been despised by the world.
I am not requesting that you remove them from the earth; rather, I am requesting that you keep them safe from the evil one.
Please sanctify them in the truth, for your word is true.
And I dedicate myself to them in order for them to be sanctified in the truth as well as I have been.
I pray for all of them, so that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
Father, I wish that they, as well as the others whom you have given me, be there with me where I am, in order to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the world was created.
Your name has already been made known to them, and I will continue to make it known to them in order that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I may be in them.'” Truth related to this: How does Jesus function as our High Priest?
What does it imply that Jesus is interceding for us in the presence of the Father in heaven? What does Jesus’ role as the Lamb of God entail? What exactly was Jesus’ mission? What is the identity of Jesus Christ? Return to the page: The Truth About Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, a study of John 17:1-26
Following the completion of His teaching to the disciples, Jesus finished His ministry to them with what is commonly referred to as the High Priestly Prayer. For the Lord, for those who were with Him, and for those who would come to trust in him as a result of the word they proclaimed, it is a heartfelt plea from the depths of His being. It is both a basic prayer and a sophisticated prayer in the same sentence. You can get deeper insight into the Lord’s desire while performing service, or you can peel back layer after layer and obtain even more knowledge.
- I’ve divided the study into three traditional divisions: Jesus’ prayer for Himself, His prayer for the disciples of His day, and His prayer for future believers.
- “The Time Has Come” (Revelation 17:1–5) There are a couple of problems raised by the introductory sentence, “Jesus said these things:” (1) What were they doing when He spoke these things to them?
- I wish I had known.
- In this situation, most researchers just leave it out, while those who do include a location will state something along the lines of “most scholars think.” The Upper Room is the most frequently mentioned location for this passage.
- As recorded in John 14:31, Jesus told His followers, “Let us get out of here.” When we say that it happened in the Upper Room, we are saying that John placed it here out of chronological order, and we have determined that he did not do so with the purification of the temple in 2:13ff.
- The identical statement appears in John 16:1, and it definitely refers to the things He had just spoken about His leaving, sending the Holy Spirit, the necessity for them to abide in Him, and the warning about the hostility of the world, all of which are plainly related to His leaving.
- Things such as the hostility of the world, the influence of the Holy Spirit on the world, the Spirit’s assistance in their lives, and the reality that He had overcome the world were discussed.
“Have courage, I have overcome the world,” they might say to themselves.
After He had stated what He needed to say to prepare His followers, He resorted to His Father and their Father in a private prayer session.
After He had finished speaking to the apostles, Jesus raised His gaze to the heavenly realm.
Is it vital to maintain a certain posture during praying?
“He knelt down,” Luke informs us, which is a translation of two Greek phrases that mean “the knee,” or “to bend the knee,” or “to kneel,” respectively.
The model prayer did not provide any specific instructions on how to pray in a certain position from Jesus.
In addition to praying kneeling on at least one occasion, Nehemiah appears to have done so while standing and walking throughout multiple bullet point prayers.
“Bow your head and close your eyes,” was a pastoral command I was taught as a child.
“Father, the hour has arrived,” says the narrator.
In chapter 12, Jesus, on the other hand, proclaimed, “The hour has arrived for the Son of Man to be magnified.” Now, with the seventh mention of the hour, Jesus fully knew what he was saying: “The hour has arrived.” It’s time to glorify yourself!
What exactly does He pray for?
The authority to bestow eternal life on a person.
Such a claim could not be made by any other lips.
God’s love for the world was so great that He gave His only begotten son, as recorded in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son.” According to John 5:19, the term is used to convey the gift that God has given to Jesus: 1 Corinthians 5:22, (2) “to have life in Himself,” that is, to be self-existent, 2 Corinthians 5:21 5.26 (3) “I do the things that the Father has assigned Me.” God granted Him power so that He might provide eternal life to everyone who had been entrusted to him by the Father.
- What is the meaning of eternal life?
- “This is the eternal life-that they may come to know You.”, according to a more literal translation.
- If the Son had accomplished His work of atonement, and had been glorified, then eternal life would be made available to him and to all other people.
- What methods were used to bring about this salvation?
- Jesus described everlasting life as “to know,” where “to know” refers to having a deep and increasing understanding of something.
- Only by trust in Jesus Christ, His Son, who is the only one who can reveal Him.
- Because of this, the connection between the Father and the Son is everlasting rather than transitory.
It is said that “I praised You on earth after completing the task that You have assigned Me to undertake.” Jesus declares that He has exalted the Father through His words.
He exalted Him by the “signs” He performed, the teachings He imparted, and the way He carried himself.
“Having completed the thing You sent me to perform” is represented by all of these symbols.
Consequently, He was able to reclaim His previous splendor because of His fidelity, which made everlasting life available to him.
“Glorify Your Son, so Your son may glorify You,” and “Now Father, glorify Me along with Yourself, with the glory I had with You before the world was created,” are two of the requests made to God.
“I’m putting in a request on their behalf.” John 17:6-19 (KJV) In this portion, Jesus interceded with the Father on behalf of His followers and received an answer.
(1)Those to whom He had revealed God’s name via manifestation.
As a result, Jesus had made God’s name known to those who had accompanied Him on their journey.
(a) The context obviously indicates that at the very least the eleven apostles were present.
I feel that the specifics of what Jesus stated regarding “the men” suggest that he was referring to a fairly small group of people.
Some people like the 120 in the top chamber.
When the Lord revealed something to them, they responded in confidence; they watched Him and His word; and they followed His instructions.
These men realized that when Jesus spoke, he was speaking the words of God the Father in their hearts.
They had heard His teaching, they had believed it, and they had accepted it.
The first time is “But to as many as accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” The second time is “But to as many as received Him, He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” Prior to this verse, His own did not receive Him; the conjunction of the same Greek word indicates that they would not come next to Him in this verse as well.
- The fact that they “really knew that I came forth from You” as a result of hearing His words.
- (a) They were aware that Jesus was sent by the Father.
- (7)These individuals had already exalted the Son in their hearts.
- What exactly did He mean?
- They used the passive voice, which indicates that they did anything to Him or for Him.
- These are the folks for whom He had prayed at the time.
- The disciples’ pleading with the Father to retain them, to maintain them.
He would no longer be “in the world” in the traditional sense.
However, as the Son was on his way back to the Father, His followers remained in the world that He had previously warned them would despise them.
There was a huge mission ahead of them in a cruel world, and they needed His protection if they were to remain unified.
(2)By imparting the Father’s message to His followers, He has prepared them for His departure from them.
(4)They intend to remain in this world, and “I do not request that You remove them from this world,” says the author.
They were in desperate need of His protection from the devil.
They were in the world, but they were not of the world, as the saying goes.
What do they do to keep it going?
“Sanctify them in your truth,” Jesus pleaded.
Jesus requested the Father to purify His followers “in the truth; Your word is truth,” stating that “Your word is truth.” The truth, which is the word of God, is the means by which sanctification is accomplished.
Why did they do it, and do they still require sanctification?
In the same way that He was sent into the world, He sent His into the world as well.
Christ had set Himself apart in reality in order to bring about their sanctification.
However, it would also allude to His time as an intercessor in heaven as well as His magnificent return.
John 17:20-26 (KJV) This final segment looks back across history at all of the people who would come to Christ as a result of the people for whom he originally prayed.
Not only are they the final ones for whom He prayed, but the prayer for them also foreshadows the end of time, the climax of our redemption, and the end of the world.
He acts as an intercede for people who hear the word and react by placing their trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
“That they may become one.”, Jesus prayed.
What kind of unity did He wish to see in the world?
Because the Father and the Son were one, this oneness was spiritual in nature.
That His disciples would be abiding in Him and so in the Father, that they would be united in the same way that the Father and Son are, was the Lord’s wish.
His observation of the disciples accompanying Him was that they thought the Father had sent the Son was one of the things He observed about them.
This includes the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, as expressed in the phrase “I am in them and You are in Me.” It would unquestionably include the glory of the cross as well as the hope of eternal life in some form.
In the following verse, Jesus reiterated the foundation for perfecting their unity, saying, “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in one another.” The phrase “to bring to a proposed conclusion” is defined as “to bring to a proposed conclusion.” The world will know that the Father sent the Son as a result of that perfecting.
Jesus desired for the entire world to understand that the Father had sent the Son on a redemptive mission – a mission that would result in their redemption.
It is His “desired,” as well as his “will,” that believers “be with Him where He is.” He had promised His disciples that He would prepare a place in heaven for them and for everyone who came to the Father through Him, and that He would come for them so that they may spend eternity together.
We will behold His glory, the glory that the Father has bestowed upon Him, when this occurs, as well.
To the righteous Father, whom the world has not known, but whom He has known, and those for whom He has prayed Has come to know that the Father sent the Son, and they have made it known, so that the love the Father has for the Son may be in them as well as in the Son, who dwells in them And we will be with the Lord for the rest of our lives.
This prayer marks the conclusion of Jesus’ instruction of His apostles.
He will be buried and raised from the dead before ascending to His Father. It was exactly what He had warned His disciples would happen. Our next chapter will be Chapter 18, which will be discussed next week. Come to Sunday School and we’ll meet again.
John17, High Priestly Prayer, Prayer
With His instruction to the disciples being ended, Jesus closed up His time with them by praying what has come to be known as the High Priestly Prayer. For the Lord, for those who were with Him, and for those who would come to faith in him as a result of the word they preached, it is a heartfelt plea from the depths of His being. Essentially, it is both an easy and a difficult prayer to pray. Depending on your level of service, you can either understand the Lord’s desire or you can peel back the layers of the onion and gain more insight.
- I’ve divided the study into three traditional divisions: Jesus’ prayer for himself, His prayer for the disciples of His day, and His prayer for future believers.
- In 17:1-5, the Bible says, “The hour has come.” There are a couple of questions raised by the opening statement, “Jesus said these things”: (1) What were they doing when He said these things?
- Where were they when Jesus prayed this prayer, to put it more precisely?
- Whenever people who write commentaries don’t know something, I’ve found that they either skip over it completely or make something up that doesn’t have any Biblical backing up.
- I’m not sure when it happened, but my impression is that it happened on the way to the Garden, perhaps during a pit stop.
- Second, what exactly are the “these things” about which Jesus talked?
- Since He had told them these things in chapter 16, I’m going to assume He was referring to those things.
The Paschal discourse came to an end with that statement.
The declaration of victory was to be brought about by His work on the cross, in His burial, and in His resurrection, and it was to be delivered in this manner.
In Jesus’ own words, “Pray for me.” He lifted up his eyes toward heaven after He had finished speaking to the apostles.
It’s likely that he had been looking at those to whom He was speaking at the time: the disciples.
The Gospel of Matthew tells us that when He prayed in the garden, “not My will, but Yours be done,” He “fell on His face and prayed.” “He fell to the ground and began to pray,” Mark explained.
According to Luke, “He knelt down,” which is a translation of two Greek words that mean “the knee,” or to bend the knee, or to kneel, respectively.
While it is impossible to review all of the different prayer postures in the Bible, it appears that the situation dictated the posture.
Finally, John stated that Jesus lifted His eyes to the heavens, which leads me to believe that His eyes were opened by the Holy Spirit.
The prayer is now in session.
According to Jesus, the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified, as stated in Chapter 12.
When Jesus died on the cross, he was buried, he was raised, and he was exalted.
“You must exalt Your Son in order for Your Son to exalt You.” To glorify the Father was the ultimate goal of His life.
A bold statement, to say the least.
It was God who appointed him as the ruler over all flesh.
When did you find out you were going to be eternally young?
“This is the eternal life-that they may come to know You.”, according to a more literal interpretation.
If the Son had completed His work of redemption, and had been glorified, then eternal life would be made available to him.
What methods were used to bring about that salvation.
Jesus defined eternal life as “to know,” where “to know” refers to having an intimate and growing understanding of the subject matter being discussed.
Faith in Jesus Christ, His Son, is the only way to discover Him.
The Bible says in John 3:16 that we should love one another as Jesus loves us.
All of the work has been completed!
With all of his life, words and deeds, he exalted the name of God.
He glorified Him through His sinless life and, ultimately, through His sacrificial death on the cross as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
He could pray, “glorify Me.with the glory I had with You.” after completing the task.
Taken in context, verses 2, 3, and 4 are a result of the prayer request that was granted in verses 1 and 5.
“Glorify Your Son, that Your son may glorify You,” and “Now Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory I had with You before the world was created,” are two requests made to God.
“I’m putting in a good word for them.” John 17:6-19 is a passage from the Bible.
Before anyone else, Jesus introduced the people for whom He was praying.
Manifestation is the act of bringing something into the public eye.
It was these men who had been given to me by God.
According to the context, at the very least eleven apostles were involved.
In my opinion, the specifics of what Jesus said about “the men” indicate that he was referring to a very small group of individuals.
Some of the 120 in the upper room are particularly fond of them.
He revealed Himself to them, and they responded to Him in faith, observing Him and His word, and adhering to His teaching.
It was clear to these men that when Jesus spoke, He was speaking the words of the Father, not of himself.
Their ears were opened to His teaching, and their hearts were warmed – they were saved.
After hearing His words, they “truly understood that I had come forth from You,” according to verse six (6).
(1) They were well aware of the fact that Jesus was sent by the Father.
7 These men had already exalted the Son in their hearts.
He didn’t say what He was talking about.
They used the passive voice, implying that they did something to or for Him, rather than something to Him.
The men for whom He prayed are those listed below.
The disciples’ pleading with the Father to keep them safe and sound.
Physically, he would no longer be present “in the world.” His disciples, on the other hand, would continue to live “in the world.
However, while the Son was on his way back to the Father, His disciples remained in the world that He had previously warned them would hate them.
Jesus had kept them during His walk with them in the world, and now that He was returning to the Father, He asked that they be kept as well.
(2)By imparting the Father’s word to His disciples, He has prepared them for His departing.
(4)They intend to remain in this world, and “I do not request that You remove them from this world,” says the speaker.
Consequently, Satan, as the adversary, seeks to undermine their commitment, their faithfulness, and their witness.
‘Sanctify them in the truth,’ is the second request.
Even though they were physically present in the world, they were not of it.
I’m not sure how they keep it up.
“Sanctify them in the truth,” Jesus prayed in his prayer.
Christ prayed to the Father for the sanctification of His disciples, saying, “in the truth; Your word is truth.” The truth, the word of God, is the means by which sanctification is accomplished.
And why did they need sanctification, and do they still require it?
He sent His into the world in the same way that He was sent into the world.
Christ had set Himself apart in truth in order to sanctify them.
His time in heaven as an intercessor and His glorious return, on the other hand, would be highlighted.
From John 17:20-26, we have the following verses: Last but not least, this section looks back through history to all those who would come to Christ as a result of the prayers of those for whom he had prayed.
He not only prayed for them as his last, but the prayer itself alludes to the final days, to the end of time, and the completion of our salvation.
Take note of His prayer’s limitations as well: Those who believe in Him through the word were the only ones who could benefit from it.
Unification is sought through the prayer of unification.
Future believers were asked to be one, to be in harmony, as he had asked.
Ecumenical cooperation on an institutional level is not what it appears to be at all.
But the Father and the Son had a holy dwelling in one another, something I can’t even begin to convey fully.
It is clear to me what the goal is: “that the world would believe that You sent Me.” Note that the world may come to think that God the Father has sent his Son, which is a significant point to consider.
He has delivered the glory that the Father has bestowed upon Him to those who have believed the word he spoke.
Certainly, the grandeur of the cross and the prospect of eternal life would figure prominently in this list.
As a basis for perfecting their oneness, Jesus says in the next verse, “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity.” The phrase “to bring to a suggested conclusion” is defined as “to bring to a conclusion.” The world will know the Father sent the Son as a result of that perfection.
- God the Father sent his Son on a redemptive mission – their redemption – and Jesus wanted the entire world to know it.
- Future Christians would be glorified in the future, as Jesus prayed.
- He had informed His disciples that He was going to prepare a place in heaven for them and for everyone who came to the Father through Him, and that He would return for them so that they might be together for the rest of their lives forever.
- He and we will both witness His glory when this occurs, since He has been granted this honor by His father.
- To the righteous Father, whom the world has not known, but whom He has known, and those for whom He has prayed Has come to know that the Father sent the Son, and they have made it known, so that the love the Father has for the Son may be in them as well as in the Son, who resides in them.
- To go to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus and His followers had to traverse the Kidron Valley.
As He had said, His followers would face this situation in advance. In the next week, we’ll begin chapter 18. Come to Sunday School and we’ll catch up.
The Farewell Address of Jesus is found only in the Gospel of John, and it is found in John 16. Following that, in John 17, Jesus offers His High Priestly Prayer, but first He informs His followers that He is leaving and that, as much as they would wish to, they will be unable to accompany Him where He is going. Naturally, all of the disciples desire to accompany Him, with some even declaring that they are prepared to die with Him. However, we know that they all abandoned Him on the night of His betrayal.
When Jesus spoke of the Helper, he was alluding to the arrival of the Holy Spirit in the world.
It is important for him that the disciples rely on the Holy Spirit so that they “know that when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will disclose to you the things that are yet to come” (John 16:13).
You will have difficulties in this world, but be encouraged because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
The High Priestly Prayer
During His time on the cross and after His death, Jesus made certain that His followers were taken care of. As a result, He prays to the Father, “While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me.” I have protected them, and not one of them has been lost, with the exception of the son of destruction, in so that the Scriptures may be fulfilled” (John 17:12). Jesus claims to have protected them from the wicked one and to have “guarded them,” but because He was going to the cross, He was unable to protect them in the same way, so He adds, “I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.” Maintain their unity in your name, which you have given me, so that they may be one with us as we are with them.” (See also John 17:11).
During this passage, Jesus delegated to the Father the task of protecting His followers during the time when He was unable to do so while on the cross and after His bodily death.
Jesus Prays for You
It is found in John 17, and it is a prayer for His followers, but it is also a prayer for those who will yet believe, and it is a prayer for those who haven’t yet been born (like us!) “I do not ask for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,” our Lord declared in John 17:20, and what exactly was “their word”? The Gospels and a large portion of the New Testament were considered their word. The way we came to believe was via their word about the Word.the Word of God, and millions more people every year come to believe in Jesus as a result of their word, or the Word of God.
Even those who had not yet been born were remembered in Jesus’ prayers!
The disciples were on earth 2,000 years ago, but Jesus prayed that they and we would all be one.the Body of Christ.
Moreover, we are all united in Christ.
“He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them,” says the Scripture (Heb 7:25). Wow! Jesus continues to live in order to intercede on our behalf. Considering that we’re on Jesus’ prayer list, we should feel humbled.
Seeing His Glory
Have you ever wished to encounter God face to face? Have you ever had a vision of what He could appear to be like? Because God is Spirit, it’s difficult to do so. Only Jesus was able to reveal the Father to us, and not in a physical way. However, while Jesus showed the Father’s character rather than His physical appearance, the disciples craved to see the glory of God, and Jesus desired for them to be able to see it as well! On the Mount of Transfiguration, He had already shared some of His glory with the disciples, telling the Father, “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, so they may be one even as we are one” (John 17:22).
After 2,000 years, the disciples have finally witnessed the glory of God in the Highest.the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.for the first time.
Although Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer is one of the most profound and emotional prayers in the Bible, you can practically feel the fear in the disciples’ hearts as they realize that Jesus is leaving them and that He is about to suffer and die for them. Their fears about the future were almost too much for them to bear, but don’t we all carry burdens that appear to overwhelm us and cause us to feel abandoned by God from time to time? “Come to me, all you who work and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest,” Jesus says in Matthew 11:28.
- You will find peace for your souls in my company” (Matt 11:28-29).
- If you have never placed your confidence in Christ, you will have no entry to the throne room of heaven; however, if God has led you to a point of repentance and you have placed your trust in Christ, Jesus tells you that “.my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt 11:30).
- The Scripture quotes are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version ® (ESV ®), published by Crossway Bibles as a resource (2007).
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John, CHAPTER 17
“The Intercession of Jesus.” Then, as soon as Jesus finished speaking, he lifted his eyes to the heavens* and murmured, “Father, the hour has arrived.” Give your son the honor and glory he deserves so that your son can return the favor. As you granted him control over all people, 2*you gave him the authority to give eternal life to everyone you gave him authority over. 3*Now this is everlasting life:cthat they may come to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you have sent, Jesus Christ, as the only true God and as the one whom you have sent.
- 5 Now, Father, honor me in your presence with the glory that I shared with you before the world was created.
- 7 Now they understand that everything you gave me came from you, 8 for the words you gave me I have delivered to them, and they have accepted them and genuinely realized that I came from you, and they have come to believe that you sent me.
- No, I don’t pray for the world, but for the people you have given me, because they are yours, and everything I have is yours, and everything you have is mine, and I have been exalted in them.e 10 I don’t pray for the world, but for the people you have given me.
- I ask you, Holy Father, to maintain them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be united in the same way that we are.
- g 13 But now I’m making my way to you.
- h 14 I delivered them your message, and the world despised them because they did not belong to the world in the same way that I did not belong to it.
- 17 Consecrate them in the truth of the gospel.
k 18 In the same way that you sent me into the world, I sent them into the world as well.
20 “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will come to believe in me through their word, 21 so that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so that they may also be in us, and that the world may believe that you sent me,” Jesus says.
I desire that they could be with me where I am, that they could see the splendor that you have bestowed upon me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
n 25 Righteous Father, the world does not know who you are, but I know who you are, and they know that you sent me to bring them to this place.
Because of this, this chapter has been referred to as Jesus’ “high priestly prayer” since the sixteenth century.
But the prayer is one of plea for both immediate (Jn 17:6–19) and future (Jn 17:20–21) followers of Jesus Christ.
Despite the fact that he is still in the world (Jn 17:13), Jesus considers his earthly mission to be a thing of the past (Jn 17:4,12).
* The motion of lifting his eyes to the heavens and the address Father are typical of Jesus’ prayer; see, for example, John 11:41 and Luke 11:2.
It was I who revealed your name: possibly it was the name I AM; see.
Take note of the similarity to the prayer of the Lord’s Prayer, “free us from the power of the wicked one.” Both are most likely referring to the devil, rather than to abstract evil, in their statements.
Then, instead of seeing his majesty as if it were reflected in a mirror, they would see him plainly (2 Cor 3:18;1 Jn 3:2).
* I’ll make it known in this manner: through the Advocate. 13:31.b.3:35;Mt 28:18.c.1:17;Wis 14:7;15:3;1 Jn 5:20.d.1:1,2;12:28;Phil 2:6,9 – 11.e.17:20;18:9;2 Thes 1:10,12;Mt 26:24;Acts 1:16.h.15:11;i.15:19;j.Mt 6:13;2 Thes 3:3
Jesus’ Prayer in John 17 • FaithEquip
The ‘high priestly prayer’ of Jesus at the conclusion of the Upper Room Discourse (John 13-17) brings the discourse to a close. Although Jesus had not yet begun his high priestly career at the time of this prayer, he was less than 24 hours away from being killed and buried — and around six weeks later, Jesus ascended into heaven — at the time of this prayer. What are the key themes that this prayer is concerned with? What did Jesus ask for, and what were his motivations for making the requests that he did?
A major theme running through this prayer is the honor and well-being of God’s people, particularly Christ’s disciples. The topic of God’s grandeur throughout the whole Gospel of Matthew. For example, it is mentioned in the prologue (cf. 1:14), which occurs before to the Upper Room Discourse (12:28), and it is also included in the discourse itself (13:31-32). Although Jesus made requests for himself as he made his way to Gethsemane (cf. 18:1), God’s glory remains the primary emphasis of the first half of this prayer, which was said as he approached the Garden of Gethsemane (Jn 17:1-5).
Jesus’ Requests for Himself (Jn 17:1-5)
The phrase “the hour has arrived” (17:1a) relates to the approaching death of Jesus on the cross. Despite his self-interest, Jesus’ plea for glory (17:1, 5) is selfless, because his death on the cross will rectify the circumstances of lost and fallen humanity (Constable 2017:309). When the Son chooses to deliberately obey the Father, even to the point of death, he will honor the Father by completing the job that has been entrusted to him (17:4). And with the authority granted to Him by the Father, the Son’should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him,’ according to the Scriptures (17:2; cf.
- Rather than being defined in terms of length, eternal life is defined in terms of relationship: knowing God through trust in Jesus Christ and being reconciled to God (17:3).
- This is the Son’s one-of-a-kind ‘Shekinah splendour,’ the dazzling and blazing splendor that He has had for all eternity past, but which has been obscured by His physical body’s veil (Fruchtenbaum 2017:542).
- Now the Son is requesting that He be at the very least restored to the position He held before the world was created — and this request was surely granted (cf.
Jesus’ Requests for the Eleven (Jn 17:6-19)
Given that Jesus is exalted in them (17:10) — and that what is Christ’s is also the Father’s — the second part of this high priestly prayer is for the preservation (17:9-14), protection (17:15-16), and sanctification (17:17-19) of the eleven apostles, as well as for the salvation of the world (17:20). (cf. 17:9). Jesus prayed for their preservation from the world; he prayed for their protection from the devil; and he prayed for their sanctification in order for them to carry out a specific purpose on the earth (Fruchtenbaum 2017:542-544).
For example, these individuals, to whom God had given Christ, had believed that the Father had sent Christ to save them from their sin (17:6-8).
Despite the fact that Satan has been conquered and condemned on the cross, he has not yet been imprisoned by the Church.
Jesus did not pray that the apostles would be expelled from the world, but rather that they would be protected from the wicked one (17:15), allowing them to continue their task while being loyal to God.
However, they were not to isolate themselves from the world, but rather to engage with it in order to further disseminate the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ Requests for Future Believers (Jn 17:20-26)
While praying for the eleven, Jesus prayed for all future believers, specifically for “those who will believe in Me through their word.” (Matthew 6:24) (17:20). Jesus prayed for the unity of Christians as well as their eventual glory (17:22-23). For the purpose of unifying believers, God’s intention is for everyone to believe that the Father sent the Son, and that God loves believers just as much as He loves Jesus (17:21b, 23, 26). Personal unity among believers, as well as love for one another, will serve to vindicate Jesus’ teachings and elevate him to a higher level of glory.
- Glorification for believers will begin when they die or are caught up in the rapture, whichever occurs sooner.
- With this, Jesus’ grand intercessory prayer for His believing followers comes to a close.
- 1, 5: Jesus asked for His own glorification so that the Father could be glorified (v.
- He requested the following from the Eleven (and their successors): loyalty (v.
- It would be the fruit of their faithfulness that they would be united (v.
- 15) and sanctification would be the means by which they would demonstrate their faithfulness (v.
- The following requests were made by the Lord for future believers: unity (vv.
- 21, 23), andheaven (v.
- 24) and fully experience God’s love (vv.
Lessons about Prayer
According to Fruchtenbaum (2017:546), Christ’s enormous intercessory prayer teaches us numerous important truths about prayer, including the following:
- If you want to pray, you should address your prayers to God the Father, as Yeshua did six times in this prayer. Prayer should be structured in the same way that Yeshua’s prayer was structured. Petition and plea should be included in the prayer
- When submitting petitions, it is necessary to provide justification for the requests
- Our prayers should be directed toward ourselves, just as Yeshua prayed for Himself
- And In the same way that Yeshua prayed for the apostles, we should direct our prayers toward persons we know intimately. Prayer should be said for individuals we do not know, such as missionaries on the field who we may never meet in this life
- It should also be offered for those who are familiar to us.
It began with a lesson in humility (13:1-12) and finished with a promise of future grandeur (Jn 17:1-17). (Constable 2017:321). The glory of Christ will be mirrored in the splendor of believers, but this brightness ‘will be a reflected glory, but Yeshua’s glory is an intrinsic splendour that is properly His’ (Fruchtenbaum 2017:545). All honor and glory go to God, now and forever.
T.L. Constable’s Notes on John: 2017 Edition was published in 2017. In Constable’s comments, pages 308-321 include a more in-depth explanation of Jesus’ request in John 17:1. Yochanan G. Fruchtenbaum’s book Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective (The Abridged Version) was published by Ariel Ministries in San Antonio in 2017. (This book comes highly recommended by FaithEquip.) Featured image courtesy of Samantha Sophia on [email protected] With permission, this image has been used.