Before Christ’s death and resurrection and after the last supper with His disciples, it was just hours before his arrest, and He prayed one last time for them and all believers after them. What can we glean from these last words and prayers of Christ? Many things. Christ tells us to expect hatred, He tells us of His Fathers love and much more! More importantly He tells us WHO HE IS! Outlined below is words we can glean from some of Jesus’s last words.
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
A.)Jesus acknowledged He is the Son of God. And God gave Him authority of all mankind. And He is the giver of eternal life.
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
B) Jesus acknowledges that His Father is the ONE TRUE GOD. He acknowledges that He was with God before the world was created.
6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received
and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
C) Jesus acknowledges that God created man and gave them to Jesus. Also that the disciples recognized that He was Gods Son.
9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
D) This powerful word shows that we are separated from the world, and that we are hated in the world, and that we will be PROTECTED from the evil one not taken out of the world. He sends us into the world to spread the truth of God.
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
E)Jesus shares His Glory with all believers, and brings us into the fold as one with God through Him. So that the world may know Gods Glory.
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
F) Jesus asks His Father to bring us to Him in His Kingdom. He again acknowledges He was with God at the very beginning and that He and He alone knows the living God.
What joy and Glory has been given to us!
Put Christ in His rightful place. Honor Him, He told us WHO HE is, and yet many still deny His power and deity. Many still don’t understand the love of God that He would manifest in this manner to save an ungrateful, unbelieving world.
He was given dominion over the earth and Heaven, He could have destroyed us as He hung from the cross, but He chose to give us life eternal!