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10/6 John 15-17

In John 17, Jesus prays to his Father.  His prayer covers three areas.  Himself, his disciples, and you and me.  In verse 3 Jesus defines what eternal life is.  Eternal life is knowing God and Jesus.  I believe that knowing in this instance means much more that having knowledge or being familiar with.  It is a deep and personal relationship with both that we must have in order to truly have eternal life.

1After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus next is praying for the protection of his disciples.

He knows it will be difficult for them and that the world will hate them much as it did him.  He states that while he was with them he protected them, but now comes the time that he can no longer be with them to watch over them.  He further states that all have survived except Judas and that was in order to fulfill scriptures.  He has equipped and mentored them and now they have much more to do.

11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. 13“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

Jesus then lifts all of the believers up to his Father.  Both those alive at that time and those believers to come.

20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

This is just an amazing prayer that Jesus prays.  This certainly is a prayer to study and understand.  It would serve us well to learn to pray as Jesus did.  Maybe now is a good time ask the Father for what is on your heart and for those in your thoughts and concerns.  Go ahead I’ll wait.

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October 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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