- John 17:1-5
- John 17:1 (KJB)
- These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,
Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may
- Glorify - To praise and give honor to
- In Chapter 17 of John we find here the real Lord’s Prayer as Jesus
begins to pour out His heart and all His feelings in this tremendous
intercessory prayer. Right before the betrayal Jesus begins to pray this
prayer to His Heavenly Father. He prays that the Hour has come that soon the
great penalty for the sins of all the Elect of God will be paid for and that
includes the sins of the Old Testament Saints as well as all the Saints from
the cross forward to the last one on the last day. Jesus prays that His
Father will glorify the Son, so in turn, the Son will glorify the Father.
The work of atonement for sins will soon be completed and God will be given
glory for the millions of people that will be saved through the Lord Jesus
Christ. Throughout the entire earthly ministry of Jesus, He never ceased to
give glory to God for all the miracles which were worked. As people become
truly saved, in their lives they never cease giving God the glory. The work
of the cross will be one of the acts of glory on behalf of the Lord Jesus
- John 17:2 (KJB)
- As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give
eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
- Power - Authority
- Jesus was given authority over all flesh, that is, He is ruler of every
human being in this world. Satan may be the god of this world, in the sense
that the world serves him but Jesus is the absolute ruler of the world and
has authority over the people and Satan. With that authority, He is given
the right to grant eternal life, AKA salvation, to those whom the Father
gives Him. (John 6:37 KJV) All that the
Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no
wise cast out. Those whom the Father gives to
Jesus will be granted salvation and these are the people that Jesus will be
- John 17:3 (KJB)
- And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
- Know - Present tense
- Eternal life is not attained by doing good works. True eternal life is
based upon us knowing God, not knowing about Him. The word “know” is in the
present tense which means it is a continuous action. This means that a
person must be saved before they can have an intimate relationship with God
the Father and that relationship can only come through His Son, the Lord
Jesus Christ. When a person is saved and is indwelled by the Holy Spirit, we
are then made part of the family of God and since we can never lose our
salvation, it is always in the present tense. Jesus once again brings to
light the fact that He was sent from the Father. His being sent showed God’s
intention to save a multitude of people from eternal damnation.
- John 17:4 (KJB)
- I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou
gavest me to do.
- In the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, He never ceased to
give glory to God for the miracles and through the ministry of the Word He
made known the Father to His hearers. The work which Jesus completed was the
making known of the Father and in two days, the glory of God will be made
known once again when Jesus is resurrected from the dead. God assigns
certain works to all believers and then empowers them to complete the work
and when the work is completed, then they are rewarded with their home going
to glory. (1 John 3:8 KJV) He that
committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the
works of the devil. Another work which Jesus
completed was to destroy the works of the devil as he was defeated at the
cross. No longer could Satan ever hinder anyone from becoming saved or
hinder the prayers of the saved since they are indwelled by the Holy Spirit.
He hindered Daniel’s prayer for three weeks but no longer is that possible.
- John 17:5 (KJB)
- And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory
which I had with thee before the world was.
- When the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world, He came in as a human
being and for that He had to lay aside the glory which He had in Heaven. Now
that He has finished the work upon the earth, He now asks that He be
glorified with the glory He had before the world was created. On the earth,
He took on Him the form of man and with that came all the trials and
troubles of man. In Heaven He was a ruler and had angels ministering to Him.
Coming to this earth was a great condescension for Him, especially to live
among sinners since all He knew in Heaven was purity and righteousness.