In John 17 we see Jesus having a conversation. It’s a one-way conversation but that’s only because a response isn’t recorded. Personally, I think it might be another one of his prayers where it’s meant for those around him, but I can’t be sure since that’s not spoken. (However, if you read John 16, you’ll see that he’s around his disciples)
In this prayer, Jesus states that he’s returning to God’s side, and he’s been there since before the world began. He also states that he’s God’s son and his disciples were given to him. But now he’s giving them back to God.
And the part that stuck out to me the most, Jesus asks God to protect them, he knows he’s leaving. In fact, he states it a few times in this prayer. So he was worried about his followers and wanted to see them continue on the same path.
I love how the writer of John 17 (which was John) shows us how much Jesus loves and cares for his followers.
John 17: Jesus Praying To God
17 After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him.
3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. John 17:1-4
Jesus Existed Before The World Began:
A lot of people think of Jesus as a good man or a prophet. However, John 17 destroys that belief, because it says something completely different. Verse 4 is very telling because Jesus states that God should bring him into the glory ‘They’ shared before the world began.
This means that Jesus was there when the world began, he saw the world formed, and he participated in creation.
Many scholars believe the ‘Angel of The Lord from the Old Testament was Jesus.
He appears quite a few times in the old testament, and sometimes the person in the story worries that they’ve seen God face to face.
While I believe each instance needs to be viewed separately, my view is the ‘Angel of The Lord is Jesus. (Most of the time). Sometimes it could be an angel appearing to people too. But the angel that appears (for the most part seems different).
John 17: Jesus Gives Us All Back To God:
6 “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8 for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.
9 “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.
12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that no one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. John 17: 6-12
What is the message Jesus was supposed to pass on in John 17? I think the message was about the Kingdom of God. He wanted the disciples to focus on God, and to understand he was the Son of God. In addition to that his desire was for them to understand what he was called to do.
He had come to save the world, but to do that, he needed to die.
So in John 17, we see Jesus doing a handoff, he’s completing his missing, and hands the next part off to us.
I’d be skipping over an important verse if I didn’t mention John 17:12 here. To be honest I’m not 100% sure what it means. However, it does say that one was headed to destruction. I understand this has been a major theological debate, but I believe in free will so I’ll at least say my stance below. And if I’m wrong, I don’t care, it doesn’t change Jesus being the Son of God who died for our sins.
I believe that Judas could have repented instead of committing suicide, and he would have been forgiven. Perhaps that was what Jesus wanted, although we won’t really know this answer until we go to be with Jesus.
In John 17, Jesus sees that time is short, and he’s trying to drive every little point home that he’s been saying the last few years. The weight of spreading the gospel will be placed on the disciple’s shoulders.
John 17: Jesus Returns To God, And Sends The Holy Spirit:
13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.
16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. John 17: 13-21
Jesus Sees No Distinction Between Us And The Disciples:
My heading above might cause some controversy. And I don’t really care.
The Bible says God isn’t a respecter of persons. In the NLT version, it says that God doesn’t choose favorites. In other words, if you’re following God and doing what he asks of you, you’ll see your life and the lives of those around you transformed. Therefore everything, including what Jesus says in John 17 is for every believer.
As long as we follow him and do his commands he will pour his spirit out upon us.
We are the ones who show favoritism, but that’s not the way of Christ.
If we stopped and viewed everyone as God’s Children, we’d be able to spread the love of Jesus that much faster. Too many people in this world have tally sheets, and they’re marking wrongs that other people have committed against them. Sometimes it’s not even against them, it’s a slight they perceived against a group they belong to.
As Christians, we shouldn’t think so highly of ourselves. We are servants and slaves of Christ, and like Jesus stated in previous chapters. People are going to hate us, but we should only be concerned with the Kingdom of God. Nothing else matters.
John 17: How to Become One With Christ:
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.” John 17:22-26
John 17: Getting Closer To God:
I don’t know if this blog will ever get huge, and I’m not sure why God keeps me writing on it. I’ve been on this path for 3 years. I started with writing Hurricane Jerald and felt the need to write more. Since then God has placed topics on my heart and I’ve been writing.
The reason I write is to get my emotions out on paper, and nowadays it’s digital paper. However, I know a lot of other people feel the same way as I do.
I might be wrong sometimes in my breakdowns, and I was only a Pastor for a few years. I don’t have a theological degree. But I’ve been a follower of Christ for many years.
In November of 2021, God called me to spend more time with him. So I’ve been trying to spend more time in prayer and through that, I’ve been hearing his voice and direction a lot better.
When we read chapters like John 17, we see Jesus teaching us how we should be as Christians. Think about it, even Jesus had to pray, and I’m nowhere near his level. But how much more should I be connecting to God?
The Final Verses of Chapter 17:
I love these final verses from John 17 because they aren’t just for the disciples. Instead, I read them like Jesus was speaking to us today. I think he thought of each of us and he prayed his final prayers as he walked his final steps.
He was fully human and fully God. His love for us drove Him to the cross and pushed him to complete the work he was called to.
I’ll cover it later on, but when Jesus died on the cross, his final words were “It is Finished.” I wrote a blog post a while back that covers this simple yet powerful statement. But I’ll go over some of it here.
It is finished means Jesus did his part, his job was over. His death and resurrection meant that we could finally reconnect with God. (If you get nothing else from this post I pray you will understand this point)
Jesus came to reconnect us with God, and when he stated it is finished and died. There’s almost a relief in his statement.
But it doesn’t end there.
He went to heaven and became our advocate. Anything we ask for in his name will be given to us (John 16).
And that’s not all, when Jesus went back to heaven he gave us The Great Commission. This commission is passing the torch to us. As followers of Jesus, it isn’t our job to sit still and wait for Jesus to come back. Instead, we need to live for him and show others the way to Christ.
That’s something I need to work better on. But I’m also my own worst critic.
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