Jesus’ prayer in John 17 presents, extremely well, what my life in the Trinity is supposed to be like. It allows me to understand better the relationship the Trinity has with one another – they do not care anything about their status. There’s no subordination in the Trinity because the members of the Trinity will not put up with it – simply will not have it.
As I look at Jesus as the ultimate of disciple makers, I can draw a conclusion from this prayer of what my relationship looks like between a disciple and disciple maker, what characterizes the heart of a disciple maker and what my ultimate purpose is as a disciple maker. I believe they are all found in one verse.
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. – John 17:4 ESV
What I am glad to hear in His prayer is that He prays for me to keep my faith firm.
And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. – John 17:11 ESV
By that I mean – “keep them in your name” or “keep them in loyalty to You” or “keep them in full adherence to Your character.”
Why? Because I am supposed to be different than the world. So many times in His prayer Jesus outlined the differences between disciples of Jesus and the people of the world.
This prayer has so much – even the great commission shows up here.
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. – John 17:18 ESV
As a disciple of Jesus, I am on mission. It means in the broadest sense possible that I am a missionary. I am envisioned and empowered to step into this world (not of it, but sent into it) as His witness.
Here are some things I did and questions I asked as I looked at this prayer:
- Marked the words – disciple
- Where was Jesus going and where will the disciples be?
- How did Jesus get His disciples?
- What does Jesus pray for His disciples and list them?
- What did I learn about the world and what is my relationship, as a disciple, to the world?
- If “sanctify” means to be separated from profane things and dedicate myself to God – what will sanctify me from the world?
- At the end of the prayer, what does Jesus state that He has and will do for His disciple?