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John 17 Commentary of the Bible

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The Longest Prayer  ( John 17 )  Sunday Message

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The passage for our study today, John 17, is often referred to as the "Holy of Holies" of the New Testament. This wonderful prayer of our Lord closes the Upper Room Discourse and precedes his agony in the shadows of Gethsemane, the betrayal by Judas the traitor, his arrest and the beginning of his trials. I have called this "The Longest Prayer" for two reasons:

The True Lord's Prayer  ( John 17:1-3 )  Sunday Message

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If a number of Christians were asked to repeat the Lord's Prayer some might begin, "Now I lay me down to sleep," but most would say, "Our Father which art in heaven," for this is universally calledThe Lord's Prayer. Actually it is not the Lord's prayer at all, it is the disciples' prayer. It is the prayer the Lord gave us to pray. But the true Lord's Prayer is in John 17. It has been called "the holy of holies" of the New Testament, for in the shadow of the cross, our Lord gathers with his disciples in the Upper Room and in their presence prays with them unto the Father.

I never read this passage without a sense of awe and reverence, and perhaps therein lies a considerable danger, for if we habitually approach this passage with a sense of its majesty and beauty, our own sense of awe tends to remove us from the message of this great prayer. We miss the message because we are afraid to explore in depth what our Lord is saying. But if this has been your experience, as I confess it has been mine, we defeat the very purpose our Lord envisioned when he prayed this prayer. For he deliberately prayed this prayer aloud in the presence of his disciples because he wanted them to hear it, for the basic relationships that he expresses in this prayer between him and the Father are also the relationships that obtain between Jesus and us. There is a very real sense in which every believer in Jesus Christ can pray this prayer! This prayer was designed to teach us how to pray, and the sense of awe which would remove this from us and reserve it only for his lips is a defeating thing that causes us to miss the whole value of the prayer.

A Prayer For Glory  ( John 17:1-3 )  Daily Devotion

Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him (John 17:1b-2).

The Hour Has Come  ( John 17:1-3 )  Daily Devotion

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: Father, the hour has come. John 17:1a

The Accomplishments of Jesus  ( John 17:1-8 )  Sunday Message

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We have reached the climax in our studies of the Upper Room Discourse as we look today at the prayer with which our Lord concludes. It is probably one of the most profound passages in all the New Testament. It has been called "the holy of holies of Scripture," and volumes have been written about this one chapter alone.

The Cost of Disobedience  ( John 17:4-8 )  Daily Devotion

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. John 17:4, 5

Prayer's Possibilities Today  ( John 17:4-8 )  Sunday Message

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Suppose you knew that tomorrow, or the day following, your life would be ended and you were trying to sum up for someone what your life meant, what you felt were the abiding values of your life. What would you say?

This is the circumstance in which we find Jesus in the 17th chapter of John. In the 13th chapter, which introduces theUpper Room Discourse, John says:

Praying What Is Promised  ( John 17:4-8 )  Daily Devotion

And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began (John 17:5).

Christ Prays for You  ( John 17:9-19 )  Daily Devotion

Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. John 17:11b RSV

Jesus Prays For His Own  ( John 17:9-10 )  Daily Devotion

I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them (John 17:9-10).

Here you see the reason for our Lord's prayer for these eleven men, a reason that grows out of His great, heartfelt love and concern for them. He prayed for them for the same reason that we pray for each other--because of a love and concern for one another. He tells us three reasons He loved them and was concerned for them.

Kept  ( John 17:9-19 )  Sunday Message

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As our Lord closed the Upper Room Discourse, he prayed for three things: He prayed for himself, that he might be glorified in order that he might accomplish the work which lay yet before him -- giving eternal life to those whom the Father would give him throughout all the ages yet to come. While he was on earth he accomplished the work of giving eternal life to those the Father had given him then; but to reach around the world and through the ages he needed the restoration of his powers of deity -- his resurrection, ascension, and glorification.

Christ Prays for You  ( John 17:9-19 )  Sunday Message

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This is the great prayer Jesus prayed before he went to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus is leaving these disciples by means of the garden, the betrayal, the judgment seat of Pilate, and the cross, and to them it appeared that he was abandoning them. They felt frightened, helpless, alone, and unable to understand what was taking place. They could not see that our Lord was merely introducing a higher and a better relationship to them.

In The World  ( John 17:11-19 )  Daily Devotion

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one (John 17:15).

In this section our Lord indicated the great realm of controversy between Himself and Satan, the realm in which Satan finds his activity manifested--the world. Throughout this whole discourse you find two communities in view: the world, which is secular society organized in its antipathy against God; and the church, the body of Christ, God's family.

The Prayer for Unity  ( John 17:20-26 )  Daily Devotion

I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:23

True Unity  ( John 17:20-23 )  Daily Devotion

I 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 (John 17:23).

The Prayer for Unity  ( John 17:20-26 )  Sunday Message

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The last hours that Jesus had with his disciples before he went to the cross ended in a prayer meeting. The one who prays is Jesus of Nazareth himself, unquestionably the one who understands more about the nature and the possibilities of prayer than anyone who has ever lived. The subject of the prayer is his disciples and those who should believe on him, that is, ourselves. From this prayer of Jesus, uttered in these dangerous moments when opposition was closing in upon him and the shadow of the cross was hanging heavy over him, we can learn a great deal.

One Body  ( John 17:20-26 )  Sunday Message

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Today we complete our studies of the Upper Room Discourse, as we look together at the great prayer with which Jesus concluded his message, particularly as it relates to the whole church down through the ages. In the greatest summit meeting ever held, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are looking down through the intervening ages, laying out the plan and the program by which a world would be reached. The closing part of Jesus' prayer has to do with the church, from Pentecost until his coming again -- every believer who ever lived and ever will live.

Our Great Hope  ( John 17:24-26 )  Daily Devotion

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 (John 17:24).