John 17 Outline
– Jesus prayed for the Father to glory him so that he can be glorified in him (John 17:1-5)
– Jesus interceded for his disciples (John 17:6-19)
– Jesus interceded for the believers that will believe in him through the disciples (John 17:20-26)
John 17 Bible Study
In John 17:1-5, Jesus told his disciples that the time has arrived for him to be handed over to the enemies. It was part of God’s plan for Jesus to come into the world and die for the sins of the people. Jesus became a living sacrifice on the cross so that we can receive the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus asked the Father God to glorify him so that he can be glorified in him. Jesus was risen from the dead on the third day, which means that he has gain victory over the ultimate enemy of death. Jesus’ resurrection is a symbol that we will also be resurrected and receive eternal life. Jesus had borne all our sicknesses, diseases, and problems on the cross. We just need to believe in him and he will healed us and see us through our problems. God has entrust everything into the hands of Jesus. Jesus is the head of everything creation in the universe. He determines the destination of our souls. Anyone who believe in Jesus will receive eternal life. Jesus said that he had completed the work he was sent to do on earth so now it is the time for him to be handed over to the enemies and be crucified so that he can be a ransom for the sins of the people of the whole world. Jesus asked the Father God to glorify him with the glory he used to have with him before the world was. Jesus and the Father God are one God and they never share their glory with others (Isaiah 42:8; Isaiah 48:11).
In John 17:6-19, Jesus not only preach about God but he also manifested him through the character he displayed. It is important that you have a testimony for others and do what you preach if you want people to believe in Jesus. Jesus always assess his disciples from time to time and judge them. Jesus said his disciples know that he is the son of God and his teaching is from God. Jesus always pray for his disciples. He is a mediator between his followers and God (1 Timothy 2:5). Only Jesus should be glorified in the believer. Many Christians are proud and prefer the praises of men rather than becoming humble and giving God the glory. Jesus prayed for the faithful followers to stay united as one, just as he is one with the Father except the son of perdition. The son of perdition refers to Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus by leading the Roman soldiers to capture him. The son of perdition means a person who has given himself over to darkness, the evil from Satan. Jesus asked the Father to keep his followers in joy. Joy in Jesus comes by abiding in his commandments. Jesus prayed for his disciples not to be taken out of the world, but to keep them away from worldliness. Christians should set apart themselves from the non believers by not following after the practices and tradition of the world. Jesus prayed that the truth in God’s word will sanctify the disciples.
In John 17:20-26, Jesus did not just prayed for his disciples but he also prayed for those who will come to faith in him through them. Jesus prayed for his followers of all races to be united, just like he is in him and the Father in him. Through the love and unity that his follower display, people will be able to see them as the true disciples of Christ. The believers of Jesus Christ should demonstrate the glory of Christ. The second greatest commandment in the Bible is to love your neighbors as yourself. As disciples of Christ, we should always love others and live in peace with one another (Mark 12:31).