He begins by thanking the Father that the hour had come when the Father would glorify the Son by resurrection, which in turn would glorify the Father (17:1). This is followed by the authority given to Christ so we might know God and receive eternal life (17:2-3). Jesus knew He had glorified the Father through His life on earth and it was now time to return (after resurrection) to the Father and be glorified with the glory they shared together “before the world existed” (17:5).
Two days ago, we saw that we must live for God’s glory FIRST! Jesus knew this about His purpose for coming to earth, and the same purpose is ours. Yes, His coming was that we “may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). But as we will see in this prayer, Jesus reveals a much larger purpose. In addition to salvation, Jesus gave us:
1. A relationship with His Father as our Father (17:6; 20:17; Romans 8:14-17).
2. We belong to Christ (10:14, 27-30; 17:6).
3. The Father’s Word (17:6, 8).
We will look at other insights tomorrow, but these are enough for now to make us realize that Jesus is revealing a much bigger purpose than most of us normally think about. How will these three points change your view of God’s purpose for you?