By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.
June 01, 2014 (Ascension Sunday)
The whole chapter of John 17 is the final scene of JesusWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... »’ farewell meal with his disciplesThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... ». Since the 16th century the traditional title of this prayerThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » has been “Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer.” This title highlights the role of Jesus as intercessorHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » in this prayer, but minimizes the intrinsic connections between this prayer and the preceding discourse (NIB).
I. Jesus’ Prays for Himself (vv. 1-5).
1.1. Jesus addresses GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » as “FatherJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »” (vv.1, 5). In the LordMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... »’s Prayer, Jesus taught his disciples to prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » “Our Father,” but in this passage, Jesus addresses God as his Father—like Daddy. It has more personal, and intimate relationshipHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». It also shows the real connection of Jesus to God.
Moreover, offeringThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » his prayer to God tells us that we do the same. We should also offer all our prayers to God. Then the Holy SpiritHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » brings our prayers only to God. Our prayers should not have “stop overs,” hub, router, or stations. Prayers should be brought to God directly and immediately.
1.2. Jesus foresees premonition of his sufferingDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » and deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » (v.1, see also v.16:32). Jesus says, “The hour has comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... ».” And in 16:32 he says, “ListenThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... », the timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » is coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », indeed it has already come, when you will be scattered, each of you to his own home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », and you will leave me all by myself. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” Jesus also foresees the challenges and scattering of his disciples.
1.3. Jesus asks for his glorification“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » (vv.1, 5). This attitude shows the role of the Father as the one who could glorifyPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » Jesus.
“I glorified you on earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » by completing the task you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your presenceThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » with the gloryPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » I had with you before the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » existed. I have made your nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » known to these men whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... »” (vv.4-6).
In GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » doxa means glory, honor, dignity, praisePGF the Lord!. Read more ... », or worship. Jesus prays to his Father, to return the glory that he possessed before the world created, and before he was incarnated (v.5). This prayer shows that his missionWhat is Life?. Read more ... » was about to finish.
II. Jesus Backs up His Disciples (vv. 6-9).
Jesus backed up (supported) his disciples. Actually he didn’t need to do that since God knew that already. However, this support was necessary for the disciples to hear to boost their morale and faithHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ».
2.1. Jesus says, “They have kept the Word” (v.6). Jesus was with the 12 disciples for at leastThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » three years, and he knew their attitudes, behaviors, and their faith.
2.2. Jesus says, “They have received them” (v.8). Jesus supports his disciples saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » that they have received the teachings of JesusThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... », they have received the reality and mission of the Lord.
2.3. Jesus says, “They have believed that you sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » me” (v.8). The disciples believed that Jesus was sent by God. They believed that Jesus was the Son of GodThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... », the MessiahIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », and the prophesied SaviorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » in the Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... ».
2.4. Jesus says, “They were/are yours” (vv.6, 9). As if Jesus was enlisting his disciples in the military or political“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » struggle, “they are yours,” it seems he was saying that “they are yours, and they will not leave you nor forsake you, they will fight for you, they will be with you in your struggle, no matter what happens.”
III. Jesus Prays for his Disciples’ Protection“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » (v.11).
“I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protectMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » them by your name, the name that you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”
Jesus knew that they need the protection of God since they were about to go to the world with revolutionary messageDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... ». The message that would shake the world ups and downs. He knew that the enemyThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » of God will not let it go without a fight. Indeed, the enemy would be bombarding us with his arms and ammunitions, but we have a shield, and that’s the name of Jesus!
The early American Indians had a uniqueThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » practice of training young braves.
On the night of a boyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... »’s 13th birthdayPGF the Lord!. Read more ... », after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... ». He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of the familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » and the tribe.
But on this night, he was blindfolded, and taken several miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a thick woods and he was terrified!
Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to attack. After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke, and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of the pathThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... ».
Then, to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » standing just a few feet away, armed with a bow and arrow. It was his father. He had been there all night long (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).
It is like our God watching over us, he is with us suffering with us, he is there protecting us, he is there empowering us, he is shielding us against our enemiesThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... ». It’s all because Jesus prays for us, simply because God loves us.
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