The Gospel of John: The High Priestly Prayer part 2 (John 17:11b-26

February 16th, 2016

The Gospel of John: The High Priestly Prayer, part 2

John 17:11b-26

A Prayer of Protection (v. 11b–16)

      Jesus focus His intimate conversation with His Father on His concern for His disciples well-being once He is gone

      This includes their unity (v. 11b)

     Which is conditional upon their continued connection with the Father

      The time of Jesus’ direct protection is drawing to a close (v. 12-13)

     Because He is returning to His Father

      And they will have Jesus’ joy: Abiding in the Father’s love (15:11)

     All have been kept, except Judas

      But that was foretold (Ps. 41:10)

      The danger they face is:

     The world’s hatred

      Because they have accepted Jesus’ word

      And therefore are no longer of this world

     The evil one: the Devil

      Jesus’ prayer is not removal from danger

     But rather perseverance through it

 

A Prayer of Sanctification (v. 17–19)

      Jesus asks His Holy Father (v. 11b) to make His disciples holy, like Him

     Set apart from the world

      Which happens through their acceptance of and obedience to God’s word

      They are made holy to continue Jesus’ work in the world

 

A Prayer for All Believers (v. 21-26)

      Jesus prays for those who will believe because of the God’s ministry through these 11

     That is us and all other Christians

      His desire is for unity (v. 21)

     Among Christians

     And between us and God

     Both of which testifies to the world the truth of who Jesus is

      He asks that we reflect His glory

     As He is at work in us through the Spirit

     Loving like God loves

      He petitions that we may with Him

     Eternity in the presence of the glory of God

 

So What?

      Jesus’ desire for us is:

     To obey His word

     To be united with Him and each other

     To reflect His love and glory to the world

      That same world that hates us for doing so

     To live with Him eternally

      Are we living out these desires?

 

Meditation Verse: John 17:21

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