“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life” (John 17: 1-2 NASB).


Last things said are often the most important to remember. When Jesus prayed what has been called, “His High Priestly Prayer”, He was in an intimate setting with His apostles in the Upper Room (See John 13-17). He ministered and spoke in their presence, knowing that the he was heading to cross. Beyond what He did or said to them, the prayer He prayed (in their midst) was unforgettable. What are some of the things remembered that he prayed in an atmosphere filled with eternal importance?


The Father’s glory. “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You” (John 17:1 NASB).

The glory of God was ever His earthly focus. He came; He lived and would die with the glory as his all consuming passion. He challenged the pretentiously religious crowd saying, “Why do you seek the glory that comes from men rather than the honor that comes from God?” This question must grab us afresh in these last moments of this age before Christ soon return. We remember that one of the signs of “the anti-Christ” figure is he will have no regard for anyone’s glory or honor but his own! Daniel foretells of his coming, “He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. But instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures” (Daniel 11:37-38 NASB).

Like Jesus, we have to guard our hearts against seeking the honor of men. Let us ask ourselves, “Am I one who desires immediate, temporal satisfaction from those around me? ” or “Do I seek a reward that is eternal?” given on that Day by the King of glory Himself.


He prayed for protection of those who belong to God the Father and His Son. “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word…While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled…I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:6, 12, 15-16 NASB).

Although it was Jesus’ time to leave this world…It was not yet their time. He had assured them that it was necessary that He depart in order to send “The Comforter” to abide with them and enable them to finish the work (And teaching) He began (See Acts 1:1-8).

How important that His prayers for them would help keep them focused on the purpose to which they were being equipped and sent. “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you” (John 15:16 NASB).


 He prayed that they would remain united in love. “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me”(John 17:22-23 NASB).

There is no greater challenge in this hour for God’s people than the “Love” challenge. Nothing keeps the lost LOST like the display of disunity among the Body of Christ (Messiah). Let us move past our “pet”(And at times “peculiar”) doctrines and lift up our witness with love and conviction that “Jesus Christ is LORD of All”! He gave us the key when He said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto ME”(John 12:32).

The Cross of Jesus Christ alone has the power and magnetic attraction to deliver those from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His light and love.

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