Bible Reading – John 17

Prior to his betrayal and arrest, Jesus prays to the Father in what has been described as the holiest chapter in the Bible. The prayer logically divides into three sections:

(1) He prays for the Father to glorify him (17:1-5).

(2) He prays for the disciples (17:6-19).

(3) He prays for believers everywhere (17:20-26).

The purpose of John’s Gospel is that readers might “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing [they] may have life in his name” (20:31). “Life” refers to knowing God and his missionary, Jesus Christ (17:3). It is an intimate relationship with the Father and Son. It is a present possession (3:36). It is a future hope (5:28-29).

An intimate relationship with the Father and the Son is “eternal life”, the one and only way to have eternal life (14:6). Jesus’ prayer to the Father reveals their intimacy and challenges believers everywhere to have the same relationship with the Father and the Son.

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