Verse 1 – Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,
Verse 2 – “as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
This entire chapter is Jesus prayer to the Father. His disciples are standing their, listening.
Verse 3 – “And this eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Contrary to what the “new age” believes and other religions, to know the Father is through the Son, Jesus Christ. This eternal life comes through a personal relationship with Christ.
Verse 4 – “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
Jesus entire life, conversation, and actions, were all done for the Fathers will. That’s how He brought glory to the Father.
So, how do we bring glory to Christ in our own lives? By our life-style, conversation, and actions, and doing the Father’s will.
Verse 5 – “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Jesus was and is one with God, but at this point when His mission was almost finished, Jesus was asking the Father to restore the original place of honor and authority. When Stephen was stoned to death and looked up and saw Jesus standing in heaven at the right hand of God he saw Jesus in His rightful place (Acts 7:56).
Christ Prays for His Disciples
Verse 6 – “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
Verse 7 – “Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.
Verse 8 – “For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
Are you starting to see that everything started with God and it all belongs to Him. Jesus was and is obedient to do the will of the Father. All glory and honor belong to Him. Jesus took nothing that wasn’t given to Him freely by the Father.
Verse 9 – “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.
Jesus’ prayer was for the disciples and all others that would believe in Him.
Verse 10 – “And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.
Verse 11 – “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me; that they may be one as We are.
Jesus was asking the Father that these disciples would always stay in harmony with each other. Loving and teaching the doctrine of Jesus Christ, one in mind and soul.
Verse 12 – “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Perdition means, a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unrepentant person passes after death. This was Judas Iscariot, the son of Satan, who was now about to betray Jesus, his Lord and Master.
Verse 13 – “But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
Verse 14 – “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
When the Bible speaks of “the world,” it’s speaking of the lost. Those who don’t follow Christ. Christians values are different from the world’s values. There are certain things Christian’s won’t do and certain things we would never agree to, because it goes against God’s written word. There is no compromise in the foundational standard’s of God. What He said from the beginning still applies today.
Verse 15 – “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
Verse 16 – “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Verse 17 – “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
Christians are sanctified by being set apart for sacred use, cleansed and made holy through believing and obeying the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). Daily application of God’s Word has a purifying effect on our minds and hearts. Scripture points out sin and it motivates us to admit it to God.
Verse 18 – “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
Verse 19 – “And for their sake’s I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
Jesus didn’t need to be sanctified because He is God and is Holy. However, it simply means He was set apart for His divine work on earth.
Verse 20 – “I do not pray for these alone but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
These disciples would bring the gospel to the lost world. Through the word they preached, the Gospel would be spread throughout the world. We have the New Testament because these men were obedient unto the Lord.
Verse 21 – “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Verse 22 – “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one;
Verse 23 – “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Verse 24 – “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
Verse 25 – “O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
Verse 26 – “And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
Even though Jesus death and suffering was in the near future, Jesus declared God’s righteousness. Even though we, as Christians, go through trials and hardships while on this earth, God is still righteous and just in all He is. What we go though does not change or determine God’s character!