Blog Entry: 4/30/2004 John 17
This is one of Jesus’ prayers that we hear a lot about.( I intended to read through the New Testament that year. I progressed through the Gospels and into the book of Acts.) Life got in the way. I went back to work and had to shorten my devotional time. These are my thoughts on John 17.
Jesus prays for Himself:
Jesus tells the Father to restore His glory to Himself. He reminds the Father He was granted authority over all so they may come to know God, the One True God and Jesus Christ whom God had sent. The Son tells the Father He has brought glory on earth by doing the work God gave. Jesus asked to be returned to His original glory in heaven.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
Jesus revealed God to those given to Him from the world. These disciples have obeyed the Father’s word. Jesus tells the Father the disciples now know everything God gave Jesus comes from the heavenly Father. The followers accepted the words given to them. They believed Jesus came from God. He prays for the ones God gave Him out of the world. Also, He asks the Father to protect these twelve men. They are all saved except the one doomed to destruction, so the scriptures would be fulfilled. He again asks God to protect them from the evil one, and to set them apart by the truth.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
Jesus prays for unity among those who come to know Him, that He and the Father are one. He pleads they come into complete unity in order for the world to know God sent them and has loved them as the Father loved the Son.
This is an earlier journal entry. I felt the need to edit and change a few things. I know; I cheated. Please forgive me.