Tuesday, March 14, 2017

John 17

In this chapter Jesus prays for Himself, His disciples, and all believers.  Jesus prayed often, but there are only a few of His prayers recorded.  This is His longest pray.  He prayed for protection, sanctification, and unity.  This was the night He would be arrested and then He would die on the cross.  This was God’s plan.  Dying on the cross was the only way to save people from their sins.  Then after 3 days He would be alive again defeating death.  All who believe in Him will have new life like Jesus.

John 17:1-5 – Jesus Prays for Glorification

There is only one way to receive new life as Jesus explains it.  “Now this is eternal life:  that they may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”John 17:3.  We must know God, but it’s more than that.  Even the devil knows God and can quote Scripture.  Lots of people know about Him, but they do not know His character and do not follow Him.  I know about doctors, but that doesn’t make me a doctor.  We must know as Him as Friend.  It’s all about a relationship.  We confess our sins to Him and He forgives.  Then the Holy Spirit comes to live in us to teach and to guide.  Then we have a new life that is for eternity.

God sent Jesus into the world.  Jesus could have stayed in heaven, but instead He came to earth and became a servant.  This was God’s plan even before creation.  God loved us so much, but couldn’t accept our sin so He sent Jesus to save people from the penalty of their sins.  He was sent to die on the cross for you and me.  He paid the price for our sins.

Jesus brought God glory by completing the work He was given here on earth.  What is glory?  It means to honor, to praise, to exalt, to magnify.  Jesus wanted His death on the cross to reveal God’s character, His victory over death, and then for all people to repent.  He wanted God’s power and plan for salvation to be seen by all.

Jesus prayed for God to glorify Him as He had been before creation.  He was there with God and the Holy Spirit to help in the creation.  He had come to earth as a man and depended on God.  Now He would return to His heavenly position and be our representative before God.  God will glorify Him again for His obedience on the cross.

If knowing God through Jesus brings eternal life, what is keeping you from believing?
How does God have authority over your life?

John 17:6-19 – Jesus Prays for His Disciples

Jesus prays for the disciples.  He is our High Priest.  He will never die again and will always be our High Priest making intercessions for them and all people.  Jesus values those who belong to Him.  God gave us to Jesus and Jesus and the Father are one.  All God has belongs to Jesus and all Jesus has belongs to God.  He loves us so much that He died for us.  He intercedes to the Father for us.  He gave us the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes it’s really hard to comprehend that He values me that much, because I know all by shortcomings, my sinful thoughts, my doubts, my selfishness, etc.  I could go on and on.

Why do you believe Jesus loves you?

Jesus said His disciples brought Him glory.  How did they do that?  They did that by believing, obeying Him, and accepting Him.  They believed He was sent by God.  We can do bring Him glory by believing and following Him daily.  By being an example to the world and sharing the gospel.

How does your life bring glory to God?

Jesus prayed that the Father would protect the disciples, because He loved them.  He knew they would be hated and persecuted and even killed.  He wanted them safe from Satan’s influence.  He prayed for the Father to sanctify them.  Sanctify means to set apart or make holy.   They are set apart from sin and set apart for God.  He prayed they would be consecrated for service in the world.  2 Peter 3:11 tells us we ought to live holy and godly lives.

From what dangers do you need to ask for God’s protection?

Believers also set ourselves apart from the world and to God as we conform to His standards of holiness.  When God saves us from sin and gives us new life, He justifies us meaning that He declares us righteous forever because of Jesus’ atoning death.  Justification is God’s work alone; sanctification is God’s work, but also our work as we pray, study, worship and serve God.  Sanctification is a lifelong growth in holiness.

John 17:20-26 – Jesus Prays for Future Believers

Now Jesus prayed for unity for all believers.  He prayed that God would join believers together as one just as the Father and Jesus are one.  Eph.4:1-6 calls us to be 1 and that there is 1 body, 1 Spirit, 1 hope, 1 Lord, 1 faith, 1 baptism, 1 God and Father for all, who is over all and through all and in all.  We need to stop all the bickering and complaining in our churches and work together in unity.  We all have the same goals and the same mission.

Where is your church divided?
How can you work toward true unity in your church?
Do experience oneness with other believers?

Jesus said He has given us the glory that God gave to Him.  He prayed that He wanted believers to be with Him and to see His glory that God has given Him.

Jesus’ prayer revealed His complete dependence on the Father.  He felt a need to talk to God.  Prayer is having a conversation with God.  Talking as well as listening is important.  The Bible says the prayers of the righteous are powerful.  So don’t give up even when you feel discouraged and when your prayers aren’t answered in the way you wanted.  There are different kinds of prayers.  There is corporate prayer, private prayer, quiet prayer, and audible prayer.  They don’t always produce answers we want or when we want, but they draw do us closer to God.

Do you pray often?
After praying do you take time to listen for God to speak?
How can you pray more for the unsaved?

Through prayer believers receive the power, protection, and courage to live God glorifying lives.
God’s sovereign plan involves Jesus giving eternal life to all who the Father had given Him.
God’s sovereign plan is to glorify Himself and His Son through the cross.

Next week we will study John 18.  Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site.  Hope to see you here next time.

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