Jesus’ prayer falls into three divisions:
(a) verses 1-5, for himself;
(b) verses 6-19, for the immediate circle of disciples;
(c) verses 20-26, for the great company who should afterwards believe.
- The hour of Jesus’ supreme sacrifice has come (verse 1; cf. 2:4; 7:6, 30; 8:20; 13:1). How is this related to the glorifying of the Son and the Father (verses 1-4)?
Already the glory of God has been seen in Jesus (1:14); how is it seen also in his disciples (verse 22)?
When will they see the full glory of the Son (verses 5, 24)?
- In verses 6-14, note how many things Jesus has already done for his disciples.
- What does our Lord pray that the Father will do for those whom he has given him?
Is this prayer being answered in you?
Are you ‘truly sanctified’ (verse 19)?
- Verse 2. ‘Authority’, the whole of humanity lies within the sphere of Christ’s commission. Cf. Ps. 2:8; Matt. 28:18,19.
- Verse 5. A prayer that the glory, of which for a time he had ‘made himself nothing’ (Phil. 2:6, 7), might be restored to him.
- Verses 17, 19. Note the repetition of the word ‘sanctify’. Jesus sanctified himself to the holy Father in fulfillment of his perfect will, particularly in offering himself as the sacrifice for sin. Cf. Heb. 10:5-10. This shows what true sanctification involves.