Scripture: John 17:1-5
Focus Verse: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3 (NIV)
In this chapter, Jesus spends time in prayer. He sets an example for us. Here He is; His time is getting short and he takes time to pray.
He begins by praying to the Father for himself. This is a very intimate time between Him and the Father. William Barclay states this intimacy between Jesus and God can only happen because of Calvary.1 He describes the cross as the gateway to everlasting glory.2
We realize Jesus obeyed the Father by going to Jerusalem; he could have turned back at any time. When Jesus spoke to the disciples he used harsh terms as he prepared them for what lay ahead for them all. Here Jesus speaks of His being glorified and returning to the glory he had before the world began.
When Jesus speaks of His being ‘glorified’, He is speaking of his being crucified. “For Jesus life had a climax and that was the Cross. To him the cross was the glory of life and the way to the glory of eternity.”3 “The Cross was the glory of Jesus because it was the completion of His work.”4
Children of God observe and reflect on the crucifixion as when Jesus became sin for us. Had He not chose to be obedient to God; none of us would be deemed sinless and would not be allowed to enter heaven.
1. Daily Study Bible, The Gospel of John, pp.206-207, Westminster Press, Philadelphia © 1975
2. Ibid. p. 207
3. Ibid, p. 204
4. Ibid. p. 205