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John Chapter 17:1-13

Memory verses for this week: Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Introduction: In our last week’s study, we saw Jesus promising the disciples that when He left them, that He would send the Holy Spirit to comfort them. They were confused at his sayings about how that in "a little while" he would go away, and then they would see him again "in a little while." He was explaining how that he would soon go to the cross of Calvary and die, after three days and three nights come out of the grave and be seen of the multitudes, and then in "a little while" ascend unto the Father. This week we get into what is truly the Lord’s Prayer.

  1. The Prayer of Glorification of Himself
  2. John 17:1 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:

    John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

    We see Christ opening these verses by saying "These words spake Jesus" before he began this prayer. Those were the words He had spoken over the past two chapters to the disciples, warning them of His soon death and ultimate ascension to the Father. The time for Christ to die was near. This was the end of His mission that He had come to perform.

    Mat 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

    Mat 26:45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

    1 Pet 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

    1 Pet 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

    1 Pet 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

    1 Pet 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.



    Many quote the prayer that was recorded over Luke 11 where Jesus spoke teaching the disciples to pray as "the Lord’s Prayer". In reality, that is the "model prayer". We have here in Chapter 17 what is truly the true Lord’s Prayer. Few prayers have ever touched man like this prayer. Here are some of the comments from J. Vernon McGee’s included in his commentary on this prayer.

    "It is the longest prayer in the Bible, although it would take you only three minutes to read it. The Upper Room Discourse is like climbing a staircase or like climbing a mountain, climaxing in this prayer. Here are what some other authors had to say about this prayer.

    Matthew Henry: "It is the most remarkable prayer following the most full and consoling discourse ever uttered on the earth." Martin Luther: "This is truly beyond measure a warm and hearty prayer. He opens the depths of His heart, both in reference to us and to His Father, and He pours them all out. It sounds so honest, so simple. It is so deep, so rich, so wide. No one can fathom it."

    Philip Melanchthon, another of the reformers: "There is no voice which has ever been heard, either in heaven or in earth, more exalted, more holy, more fruitful, more sublime than the prayer offered up by the Son to God Himself." This is the prayer which John Knox read over and over in his lifetime. When he was on his deathbed, his wife asked him, "Where do you want me to read?" He replied , "Read where I first put my anchor down, in the seventeenth chapter of John." We have the record of many others who have read it over and over. Dr. Fisher, who was the bishop of Rochester under Henry VIII, had this read as the last portion of Scripture just before his martyrdom. This prayer is Jesus’ High priestly intercession for us. It is a revelation to us of the communication which, I think, constantly passes between the Lord Jesus and the Father in Heaven. His entire life was a life of prayer. He began His ministry by going into a solitary place to pray. Often He went up into a mountain to pray and spent the night in prayer. He is our great Intercessor. He prays for you and for me."


    II. The Prayer for Eternal Life of Those Given to Him

    John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

    John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

    We know that God has put all things in the hands of the Son. At the beginning of the book of John, we saw that Jesus was there in the day of creation and all things that were made were made by Him. And the power of God rests in the Son, which he uses to spread the Gospel through the Church. Jesus died for the church, and the commission to reach the lost and dying world was to His church.

    Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

    Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

    Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    If a church is not doing this, spreading the Gospel and sending missionaries around the world, they have forgotten the main purpose that Jesus set us up to accomplish. There are many other important things the church should do, but its utmost and primary responsibility is to lift up Jesus Christ and to preach the Gospel.

    1 Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

    1 Cor 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

    1 Cor 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

    1 Cor 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

    1 Cor 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

    1 Cor 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

    1 Cor 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

    We see that the gift of eternal life is given to those who know Christ as Savior, all those that the Father hath given to the Son. We see that in verse 6.. in verse 9, 11,12, and 24. Can we know if we have eternal life? We certainly can. There are two ways.

    1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

    1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

    1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

    Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

    Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

    Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

    We see that we have the record of eternal life in I John, and then we have the witness in ourselves. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.


  3. The Prayer of Testimony by the Son


John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

Jesus’ goal in this life was always to do the perfect will of the Father. And by doing that, Jesus glorified the Father. When you and I live Godly, separated lives from the world, we honor the Father also. As we read last week, we are bought with a price, and we should glorify God with our bodies. We see at the end of verse 4 that Jesus had finished the work that God had gave him to do. When the time comes for you and I to die, will we be able to say we have completed the work God meant for us to do. I hope we can. The apostle Paul lived a humble and contrite life, having very little in this life. He was left for dead after being stoned. Paul was shipwrecked, deserted, beaten with rods, and even betrayed by other Christians. He suffered probably more for the cause of Christ than any other man except Christ himself that we have recorded in the Word of God. And in that Roman prison, awaiting his execution, he told young Timothy that he was ready to go on to be with the Lord.

2 Tim 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

2 Tim 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Sometimes I think I’ve done some good things for God, then I realize that I’ve never suffered one

lash of a whip for what I’ve done for God’s cause. We may have went out of our way to serve the Lord a time or two, had a few doors slammed in our face, but have we not always been blessed many times over for the time we’ve spent in the Lord’s service. No greater honor is available than to be involved in the work of the church, to be one of the chosen vessels that gets to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

John 17:6 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.

We see Christ asking God to now glorify Him with the glory that He shared at the time of creation with the Father. Christ had finished the work God had given him, and part of that work was to manifest the Father’s Name before those who believed. Jesus says they have kept thy word. When God looks down on us today, I know it pleases Him when we keep His word.

John 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

John 17:8 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.

We know that Jesus was the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. The plan of salvation was not an after thought with God, but was planned even before Adam and Eve were created. The time had come for Jesus to die for the sins of the world. And Jesus says that all the Words God had given to the Son had been made known to the disciples. I thank the Lord for this written Word that we have today. It is God’s love letter to his children. Jesus testifies that these disciples believed that He came from the Father. While they knew who He was, they still had not comprehended His purpose and certainly not His death and resurrection. But they were beginning to comprehend more and more, and after three years, they were trained and would soon evangelize the then known civilized world after Christ’s death.

John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

John 17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

John 17:11 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.

We see that Jesus is praying for His own in these verses. It says He doesn’t pray for the world, but for those who the Father had given unto Him. And everyone that came to Jesus, who became part of the family of God, were all His and the Father’s. Mine are thine, and thine are mine. That is not a trick sentence. Jesus and the Father were one, both part of the perfect trinity of God. Jesus’

Desire is for the disciples (and you and me) to be in one mind and one purpose. Our goal should be to do the Will of the Father, and our mind should be that of Christ.

1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Cor 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1 Cor 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

John 17:12 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.

John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

John 17:14 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.

John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

We see that Jesus tells the Father that all the disciples who were with him had been kept by Christ, and none of them had been lost except one. And that one, Judas Iscariot, the son of perdition, was never truly saved. Remember in the study that he was being guided by his father, Satan. Jesus’ desire for you and I is for His children to be filled with joy. We hear a lot about how to be happy. People constantly say they want to be free, particularly when they are fighting for freedom to perform some sin that they think will make them happy. But true freedom is knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and living a Godly and spiritual life to the glory of the Father. There is no greater life than this. Jesus prays that God won’t take us out of the world, but that we will be protected from the evil which is all about us. If the world doesn’t accept you, don’t be surprised. They rejected our Lord, and He never committed one sin. We are like Christ, not of the world. Our home is heaven… we are truly , like Abraham, travelling and passing through this land as strangers and pilgrims.


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Prov 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

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