The Closing Prayer
Tim Temple

Introduction

One of the traditions that has arisen in Christianity through the years is to have an opening or closing of most gatherings with prayer. I am not sure that the Bible tells us to do that anywhere, but that is just usually the way it is done. A lot of offshoots have come from that—serious and humorous. At Bob Jones University, where I went to school, it was the tradition to open every class with prayer. Sometimes professors closed the class with prayer, and one of the favorite things that we looked for the opportunity to do—and I saw it happen about twice while I was there—was if someone was sleeping in class, somebody would punch him and say, “He just called on you to pray.” The guy would stand up and close the class with prayer, interrupting the professor's lecture and that sort of thing.

These traditions that we have can sometimes be misused, but I think there is a sense in which that is exactly what is going on in John, chapter 17. Here we have what we might call the closing prayer of Jesus' life on earth, because it is the last prayer that Jesus prayed that we have recorded as He came to the end of His life on earth.

It is hard for us to visualize that Jesus' life on earth is just going to last another few hours because we have several chapters to go in the book, but these last chapters are very time-intensive. So even though we are not quite through with the book, Jesus' life on earth is almost over as we come here to John, chapter 17. The amazing thing is that the subject of that prayer was for His disciples, and He specifically includes you and me in that as we will see in a few minutes as we move through the chapter.

This whole chapter is committed to the text of Jesus' prayer. We talked about it from a general standpoint in our last lesson, but today we want to look at it verse-by-verse. I have divided the chapter into three parts. First, there is the personal nature of the prayer in verses 1-5. Then in verses 6-24, we can see the paternal nature of the prayer. Jesus prayed to His Father, but He also spoke as a father about His disciples. Then in verses 25-26, we see the purposeful nature. I am not sure that we will get through the chapter in this lesson, but these are the things that we want to look at as our time permits.

The Time of His Prayer

First, let's look at the personal nature of the prayer recorded in verses 1-5. He begins with a request in verses 1-3, and it is important to notice the time of this request. Look at verse 1:

John 17

1These 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 thee:

I want you to notice the first phrase in the verse: “Jesus spoke these words and lifted His eyes toward Heaven, and said…” Jesus spoke these words. This little phrase, these words , is a reference to all of the things that He had been saying to the disciples in chapters 14-16 about His departure, about His sending a Comforter that would take His place. Having said those things, Jesus then prayed this prayer.

The implication is all these wonderful promises, all those explanations that He had made about the ministry of the Holy Spirit, are sealed up in this closing prayer and blessed by this closing prayer that Jesus prays in this chapter. It was a very important time for this prayer to occur, and that was perfectly in keeping with the way the whole plan of God for the life of Jesus had gone. Everything was very carefully planned and scheduled in the life of Christ on earth. We sometimes plan our days and our weeks and even our months, but none of us have the ability at the beginning of our life to plan our entire life. As we get older, we tend to project our plans farther and farther out in the future, but the life of Jesus Christ was planned meticulously and carefully by God the Father from the very beginning. Galatians, chapter 4, verse 4, says that when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son at the perfect time, at the exact time that He had planned. It was a planned birth, and that is amplified here in the next phrase here in John, chapter 17, verse 1. Notice:

John 17

1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come…

Not only was Jesus Christ brought into the world at the right time, but His life was planned even right down to the very hour. The word hour is sometimes used in a broader sense than just sixty minutes. It is spoken of as a deadline or an appointed time. That is what Jesus says here: “The appointed time has come. The time for the next step or phase of Our plan has come.”

Back in the beginning of the Gospel of John, the first miracle that Jesus did was at the wedding in Cana when His mother saw that they were running out of wine. She came to Him and told Him, and the implication of her telling Him that was that she wanted Him to do something about it. His answer to her was, “My hour has not yet come.”

Apparently, from that answer, we assume that Mary thought He would do something about the wine. Mary knew Who Jesus was. Mary knew all of these things even before Jesus was born. The angel had come and announced all of these things to her, and she had pondered them in her heart. She had watched Him grow and she had seen that He was, in fact, Who the angel had told her He was. She knew that He was the Son of God. We assume that Mary thought that if He did something about the wine, then everyone would know Who He was. It may be that she thought that Jesus would do something miraculous about the wine and everybody would realize Who He was and He would institute the kingdom right then. We just have to speculate about what her thinking was, but we know that she had something special in mind, and Jesus knew that because He said to her, “My hour has not yet come.”

But now His hour has come. He says here in verse 1, “My hour is come.” God had a perfect time-table for the life of Jesus Christ. Everything that He did while He was on earth, and everything that happened to Him was planned by God. The interesting thing is that the very same thing is true of our lives. God has a plan for our lives also. He has a will for our lives. He doesn't reveal it to us in advance. We see it unfold as we seek to walk at His direction. God has a plan for everything that takes place in our life, and we need to be careful, like Jesus, that we don't get ahead of Him and certainly be careful that we don't get behind Him in that plan.

This is one of the reasons that it is so important to stay in close communion with the Father in prayer and the study of His Word—so we can see where He wants us to be on any given day, that we can have a sense of His leading and a sense of where He is taking us. Even though we will never understand until we get to Heaven exactly what God had in mind, we can have a sense of it as we move through life, so just as Jesus understood exactly where He was in God's program, we need to try to sense that as we move along through life.

That is the timing of the prayer and very significant from those two standpoints, both the fact that it climaxes what He had been teaching them and the fact that it comes at a specific turning point in the life of Jesus.

The Tone of Jesus' Prayer

We have read the timing of the prayer in the first part of the verse. Now notice the tone of the rest of the verse:

John 17

1…glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

This is going to be the tone of the whole chapter. This is the theme statement of the whole chapter. The more specific text of the prayer has become famous down through the years and many of you are generally familiar with the text of John, chapter 17. It is very important, as we are going to see, but it has to be understood in the context of these opening statements. Those well known phrases that we are going to come across as we move through chapter 17 are important to be understood in the context of Jesus Christ wanting the Father to be glorified and wanting to share in that glory Himself. You see, the tone of this whole prayer was the ultimate glorification of the Father and the Son, and really that is the tone of God's whole program. God's whole plan for your life, God's whole plan of salvation, all of that is for the glory of God.

Notice the phrase that He used here in verse 1: “Glorify your Son…” This is a reference to all that is about to happen in the next few hours: the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many, many actions there. All of those things have to be taken together. The death of Christ was as much a part of that glorification as the resurrection was. We think about the resurrection of Christ as a glorious thing. We think about the death of Christ as a sad thing, from a human standpoint, but both of those and everything that is wrapped up in the death of Christ glorify God in the ultimate sense. The death of Jesus Christ, the burial of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of Jesus Christ—all of that was the most glorious thing that ever took place in all of history. It is important to understand that because we tend to think of glorious things as non-painful or non-threatening, but there was a great deal of pain involved in this glorification of the Father and the Son that took place in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That glorification of the Son, of course, would in turn glorify the Father. Jesus went on to say:

John 17

1…glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

As we understand the overall plan of God, the death of Christ glorifies the Father in our hearts and minds. We realize that it was the Father Who conceived this plan. Of course, the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) all worked together, but in terms that our human minds can comprehend, the Scripture says that it was the Father Who conceived this plan. So the death of the Son glorifies the Father, and that is why Jesus and Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration in Luke, chapter 9, spoke of His decease which He would accomplish at Jerusalem. The death of Christ and His resurrection was the greatest accomplishment in the history of eternity.

The Text of His Prayer

We have talked about the time and the tone of His request, and now we have the text of His request. In verses 2-3 we come to the actual text of the request, and this is kind of a summary of all the other things that are going to be requested on through the chapter. Look at verse 2:

John 17

2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Actually, the whole paragraph which consists of verses 1-3, forms the text of the request, but verses 2-3 are the essence of it. The glorification of the Father comes from the fact that He has given Christ the authority to give eternal life to those who believe. That is possible because of His death, as He is talking about in verse 1, but the Father gave the Son the authority to give eternal life to those who believe in Him. Those who believe are enabled to believe by the Father Who works through the Holy Spirit, as we saw in chapter 16; but it is the Father Who enables those who hear the Gospel to respond to it. So this is a total gift to human beings.

Even the ability to understand the Gospel and to accept it is a provision that comes from God. If you have understood the Gospel, if you have believed that Jesus Christ died in your place and you have accepted Him as your personal sin-bearer, your sacrifice—all of that that is wrapped up in the Gospel message—if you understood that and made a conscious decision to accept that, that was because God the Father, working through the Spirit, gave you the ability to understand it and the power to accept it. It is not because you are smarter than somebody else who heard the Gospel and rejected it. It is not because you are more godly than somebody else who heard the Gospel and didn't accept it. It is simply because God opened your heart and your mind to receive that message—to understand it and to see that it applied to you—and He gave you the will power to decide to accept it. So it glorifies the Father because that was a power that God gave to the Son and to you.

In verse 3, that gift of eternal life is further verified. What is eternal life? The whole concept of eternity—no beginning and no ending—is something that boggles our human minds if we think about it very extensively. We think of eternal life as never-ending life. We think of it as being in Heaven forever, but look at Jesus' definition of eternal life:

John 17

3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Think carefully. Do you see anything about time in that verse? Do you see anything about place in that verse? Do you see anything about past, present or future tense in that verse? No. Eternal life from God's point of view is a relationship with Him:

John 17

3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Think carefully about this definition for a minute. It is not a reference to Heaven, although a significant portion of it will take place in Heaven. It is not a reference to when it will take place. It is something that happens when we accept Christ as Savior. It is not an event; it is a relationship. Eternal life is knowing Jesus Christ and, through Him, knowing God the Father, according to Jesus in verse 3.

I have said this many times before, but perhaps it is more powerful in this context. Eternal life begins when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior twenty minutes ago or if you accepted Jesus twenty-five years ago, if you have accepted Jesus Christ at some point, eternal life has begun for you. You have eternal life right now as definitely as you will have it when we have been there ten thousand years. Eternal life is a present relationship, and it is going to continue to be a present relationship right on through eternity.

Something else about this verse. We have noticed there is nothing about Heaven and nothing about the future, but notice there is also nothing about Hell. There are many sincere, born-again believers in Jesus Christ who, if you ask them why they accepted Jesus Christ, they will say, “I didn't want to go to Hell.” They mean that, and neither do I nor neither do you want to go to Hell. That is a legitimate reason to accept Jesus Christ as Savior, but that is not God's reason for saving us. God does not save us to keep us out of Hell. There are a lot of Christians who have good fire insurance, but that is about all their Christianity is. They just know that they are not going to Hell because they trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, and they are right.

Someone pointed out to me recently that God saves us in spite of the fact that we come to Him so selfishly. God saves us even if we do come just because we don't want to go to Hell, but you see, that is just a very minor part of the picture. Eternal life is knowing God and knowing Jesus Christ Whom He has sent. That is the essence of eternal life, and part of that takes place while we are here on this earth. The significant part of it takes place after we go to Heaven; but it doesn't start when we go to Heaven, and it is not just a matter of not going to Hell. It is a matter of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with God the Father. It is an eternal relationship with them and because we have that, we are not going to go to hell. It is not the other way around.

It is a wonderful concept. Don't think of eternal life as something far off in the future when you will have all of the privileges of Heaven. Eternal life is the inexpressible privilege of having a personal relationship with the God Who put the stars in place and the God Who designed the human body. He is our Father. He is our Friend. We are personally acquainted with the Inventor.

That is mind-boggling, if you think about it. What more could we want than that? A Christian who understands that concept ought to be satisfied if we never get to go to Heaven, because all Heaven is, is a change of location—granted, a much nicer location. I want to go to Heaven. I don't mean that we shouldn't want to go to Heaven, but our relationship to God won't change when we get to Heaven. That part will still be the same. All that would change would be the physical surroundings. That means that being a believer in Jesus Christ is a privilege beyond comprehension. No matter how difficult your life may be today, no matter what difficulties you may be going through, or no matter how well your life is going and how few problems you have, eternal life has already begun. We are in eternal life right now. Someday there will be a change in location to a better place, but the real essence is ours right now with God the Father and God the Son.

The Report In the Prayer

Jesus' request is that we as believers will understand that and be able to catch that concept and that God will open our eyes to that concept of eternal life, but the second part of the prayer is the report that He gives in verses 4-5:

John 17

4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Notice first the summary of all that Jesus Christ has done while He was on the earth. He said, “I have glorified you on the earth…” You know, it is not really obvious on the surface, but that is a tremendous understatement. Think about it for a minute. What is Jesus famous for? If you ask the average person, “What did Jesus do while He was on the earth? What does He mean to you? What is the significance of Jesus Christ?”, there are many people even among the liberals who would say, “Oh, He was one of the greatest teachers Who ever lived.” It is even ridiculous for an unbelieving liberal to say that. If they believe that that was all Jesus was, then they are hypocrites. If Jesus was not God, then He was either a lunatic or a liar.

It always amuses me when unbelievers talk about what a great teacher He was. No, He wasn't a great teacher. If He wasn't Who He claimed to be, He was a total lunatic, because He claimed, as we have seen over and over again in the Gospel of John, to be the Son of God. But there are people who say, “Oh, He was a great teacher.” He is famous for His teaching, but among Christians who really believe in Him, He is thought of by some as the Great Physician with all the healing that He did. They think about the miracles that He did. They think about the teaching that He did. Ultimately, He is the Savior. There are many, many aspects of the life and the work that Jesus did while He was on earth, but look how He summarizes it in one little phrase: “I have glorified You on the earth.”

All of those aspects that we think of as so significant—and they were significant—are a part and only a part of glorifying the Father. You see, Jesus didn't come primarily to heal the sick. He did heal the sick, but He did not come to be the Great Physician. He didn't come to raise the dead, but He did that on several occasions. He didn't even come to teach about the Father, although He did that more clearly than anybody had ever done. When they sent soldiers to arrest Jesus because He was driving the Sanhedrin crazy, the soldiers came back without Him, and they said, “Why didn't you arrest Him?”, and the soldiers said, “Never a man spake like this man.” He was a great teacher. Nobody had ever heard anything like what Jesus did, but He did not come to just do that. Each of those things, and all of them together, were for the purpose of glorifying the Father. That is why He came—to glorify the Father.

By way of application, let me say that to the extent that we magnify any of those things, to that extent we demean the glorification of the Father. To the extent that we think in terms of the great miracles that Jesus did and say, “Oh, godly people are people who can do miracles,” or “Godly people are people for whom God does miracles,” we glorify the miracles. If we glorify the healing, if we glorify the raising of the dead, if we focus on any of those things, we are missing the point. All of those things are wonderful, and we should thank God for them and honor God for them, but the significant thing and the important thing is the glorification of God the Father of which all of those things are only a part.

The same thing should be true in our lives. Everything that we do in our lives should be a glorification of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We tend to segregate our lives. We tend to put our lives in compartments. We have the compartment of our profession; we have the compartment of our family; we have the compartment of our church, and we tend to think in those ways: “I have to spend this time with my responsibilities to my family; I have to spend this time with my responsibilities to my church; I have to spend this time with my responsibilities to my job.”

Certainly those things are all important, but all of those work together to glorify Jesus Christ, and our purpose in each of those compartments ought to be to glorify Jesus Christ in the way that we do those things. Even though there certainly are differences in the things that we do with our time, we need to be careful that we don't over compartmentalize that and that we recognize that whatever we are doing, it is a way of glorifying Jesus Christ. Our job glorifies Jesus Christ as much as the attention that we give to our children or to worshiping. All of these things are equally important in glorifying God.

That is the first aspect of the prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ—a very personal prayer that He prayed to the Father. The second thing that we see about this prayer is the paternal nature of it in verses 6-25. The thing that Christians down through the years have noticed about this last prayer of Jesus is that the subject of the prayer is believers.

Think about all the things that He might have prayed about as He came to that last night of His life here on earth. He could have prayed about the excitement that He felt about coming home. Can you imagine what Jesus, as God, must have felt as He thought that within a few hours He would be back in His place of kingly authority. Most importantly, He would be back in that place of fellowship with the other members of the Trinity. How exciting that must have been to Him—beyond any excitement that we have ever had about going home at various points in our lives. But He didn't pray about that.

He knew that within the next seventy-two hours, He faced inexpressible agony, physical pain and emotional pain. All kinds of terrible things were about to happen to Him, and we would think that surely He would have prayed about that. And, we know that in a part of His prayer which Matthew records for us, He did pray, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from Me,” but that was not the focus of the prayer. It was not the theme of His prayer. What John recorded for us was not that He prayed about what was about to happen to Him in the next few hours. He didn't even pray that everybody would understand the significance of the Crucifixion that they were about to see. He didn't even pray that His followers would not be thrown off balance by the Crucifixion or that the Sanhedrin would be too gleeful about this Crucifixion. He didn't pray about that and there are a lot of other things we could conjecture that He might have prayed about, but look what He did pray about. He prayed about you and me and all of the other believers before us and whatever believers there are going to be after He comes back for us. He prayed for those who would believe in Him.

First, He talked about what I am calling their regal background in verses 6-8. Someone says, “Now wait a minute. You have just talked about how God provides our salvation and how, if we are believers, it is because God gave us the ability to understand the message and to decide to accept it, and weren't these just ordinary men whom Jesus chose—it would seem from a human standpoint—from people on the earth? Why would we talk in terms of a regal background? They were just ordinary people, and we are just ordinary people.”

But look at these verses. I think it shows for itself. Look at verse 6:

John 17

6I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: [notice] thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
7Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
8For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

Let's break that down into smaller portions. First, notice their origin in the first part of verse 6: “I have manifested your name to the men whom you have given Me out of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to Me, and they have kept your word.”

Their origin was with God the Father Himself. God had decided who these believers would be. God decided that some day you would be one of His believers and I would be one of His believers. God chose us to be believers in Jesus Christ. We were His and He gave us to Jesus Christ.

The doctrine of election is a doctrine over which good men differ, and there has been a great deal of debate and discussion about the extent of the doctrine of election down through the years. But no matter how far you want to carry the doctrine of election, one thing that everybody agrees on, if they believe in the doctrine of election at all is that God gave us to Jesus Christ. If you have read your Bible, you have to believe in the doctrine of election. If you read this verse, you have to believe in the doctrine of election. God elected to save those who would believe in Jesus Christ. So no matter how far you want to carry it beyond that, everyone agrees that salvation originates with God the Father. He chose to give it to those disciples, and He chose to give it to anyone else who believes in Jesus Christ.

Do you see what that means? What a privilege you and I have! God chose to give us salvation just as definitely as He chose to give it to Peter, James, John, and all of those other first believers gathered around Jesus. Verse 20 verifies that. Notice what it says:

John 17

20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

God chose us, not because of any good thing that we had done and not because we were more special than those around us. He chose to give us salvation because He loved us, not because we loved Him. In fact, Paul makes it very clear in his epistles: “He chose us before we loved Him. While we were still His enemies, He chose us.”

We have a regal background. God, the ultimate, supreme royalty of the universe chose you and me to be a part of His family. As I say, you can carry the ramifications far, far out into the extent that I do not believe it should be taken, that God chose some to go to Heaven and some to go to Hell. One, two; one, two. All the ones go to Heaven, and all the twos go to Hell. Some theologians carry it to that extent, but to whatever extent you carry it, God chose you and me. That is absolutely stated in the Word of God. He chose us to be His children. That is a thrilling thing to understand.

Not only did they have regal origin, in verses 7-8, they had the opportunity to have it all explained by Jesus. Look at verse 7:

John 17

7Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
8For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

Jesus just emphasizes again that we wouldn't be saved, we wouldn't even understand the Gospel, we wouldn't understand anything about our salvation without God's direct activity in our lives. But, notice carefully that these verses say in detail that that is exactly what God has done. He has involved Himself in our lives. He has reached down into the masses of humanity, and He has chosen you and me. He may have chosen many others, but that is beside the point. He chose you and me to be His children. He involved Himself in our lives. But not only did our salvation originate with the Father, in verses 9-24, we find that Jesus requested blessings for us after our salvation. Notice the specified recipients of the blessings in verses 9-10:

John 17

9I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

Notice again what He says here: “I do not pray for the world, but I pray for those whom you have given Me.” All through the Gospel of John, Jesus spoke of the world in terms of those who have not believed in Him. He speaks of the world in terms of those who live lives the way they choose to live their lives, who live their lives yielding to the pressures that Satan brings into their lives whether they realize it or not. That is the world. Notice what Jesus says: “I do not pray for the world.” This should do away forever with the idea of the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. That is a lie from Satan. Satan wants us to believe that because God is the Creator, He is the Father of everybody, and we are all brothers as human beings, and that we are all going to be in Heaven together someday—the Fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man.

It is true that God is the Creator of all men, and in that sense, maybe, the Father, but the Scripture only speaks of God's being the Father of those who believe in Jesus Christ. It would take days to trace through and find the various places where God refers to people who have believed in Him as His children, and He refers to people who have not believed in Him with other terminology. The title of Father is reserved only for those who have believed in Jesus Christ as Savior.

A separate study along that line would include terms like neighbor and brother , in the context of believers and unbelievers. If you trace the way that God refers the word brother in contrast to the way He uses the word neighbor , you would see that there is a very clear distinction in God's mind between believers and unbelievers. He has things to say about how we treat our neighbors, and He has other things to say about how we treat our brothers. He makes that distinction in the Scripture.

Another example that sort of sums it all up is Galatians, chapter 6, verse 10. It says:

Galatians 6

10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

“…especially to those who are of the household of faith.” You see, God makes that distinction between all men and those who are in the household of faith. Notice that He does say that we are to do good to all men, and there is much in the Bible that has to do with the way we treat our fellow man, and there is much in the Bible that has to do specifically beyond that with how we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The fact that God makes the distinction between believers and unbelievers doesn't mean that we believers are to just ignore the unbelievers. In fact, just the opposite. The reason that God leaves us here after salvation is so we can reach out to unbelievers and be instruments to bring them into His family. He knows who those are whom He has chosen. He knows who those are who are going to respond, and we are to just go out and give the Gospel to anybody to whom we have the opportunity to give it and leave the results with God. That is why He leaves us here.

The key link in His plan is that we tell others about Him, so obviously we have to have a good relationship with unbelievers. We don't look down on them. We don't try to stay away from them because we are too good. We are God's children. We do everything that we can to have good relationships with them, but we do recognize that they are not our brothers, and God is not their Father. Hopefully, He will become their Father and they will become our brothers, but that is not the case until they accept Jesus Christ as Savior.

All of that sets up the specific requests that Jesus is going to make. We do not have time to go into all of those requests and so we are going to stop our actual study of the passage at this point. There is much more to the chapter, but we couldn't give it the justice that it deserves in five more minutes, so we will leave those verses for our next study. There are some rich truths in the requests that Jesus makes for us as His disciples and as His children in those verses.

In wrapping this up, think carefully about what we have seen thus far. First, we have seen that the tone of this whole prayer was the ultimate glorification of God the Father and God the Son, and that ought to be the tone of our whole life. We ought to be able to come to the end of our life and say what Jesus said: “Father, I have glorified You in the world.”

Conclusion

If you somehow knew that your life were ending now, and you had the opportunity to have a closing prayer like Jesus did, would you be able to make that statement? Could you honestly say, “Father I have glorified You in this world?” That is a pretty important goal to set for ourselves, isn't it? There are many wonderful benefits for us in the plan of God as we have already talked about, but those are only by-products of God's honor and glory. Everything we do and everything that we have is a part of of the glory of God. It is also true that everything that we hold dear is as safe as the glory of God. We have eternal life now. Our location is going to change, but the blessings of God are ours to enjoy right now and forever because of what Jesus Christ did.


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