Overview

John 17 is commonly referred to as Jesus' High Priestly Prayer. This prayer occurs shortly before His arrest and crucifixion and consists of three main sections.
Jesus Prays for Himself (verses 1-5): Jesus begins His prayer by glorifying the Father and asking to be glorified in return. He emphasizes the authority given to Him over all flesh, to grant eternal life to those the Father has given Him. Eternal life is defined as knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He sent.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples (verses 6-19): Jesus shifts His focus to His immediate disciples, praying for their protection, sanctification, and unity. He acknowledges that they have kept His word and understood that all He has comes from the Father. He prays for their joy and protection from the evil one, emphasizing their distinctiveness from the world.
Jesus Prays for All Believers (verses 20-26): Jesus broadens His prayer to include all who will believe in Him through the apostles' message. He prays for their unity, that they may be one as He and the Father are one. He desires that the love with which the Father loved Him may be in them, and He in them.
John 17 is a profound window into the heart and mission of Christ. It reveals His deep love for His followers and His desire for them to be sanctified, unified, and filled with joy. It's a significant chapter for understanding the theological concepts of glory, eternal life, and the unique relationship between the Father, the Son, and the believers.

John 16

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

7  Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

8  For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

9  I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10  And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

🔑 Devotion

22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

26  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

End of John 17


1 Year Plan:  Apr 29 - 1 Sa 16, 1 Sa 17,  John 17 [next day]

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