The High Priestly Prayer pt. 1

John 17:1-5

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you gloryon earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify mein your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

The High Priestly Prayer (Part 1)

Jesus’ appointed “hour” has finally arrived. Very soon he will travail in prayer over his impending cross; but now, he intercedes with joy over his beloved disciples. No earthly feasts can even faintly compare with the nourishment we are given in Jesus’ “high priestly prayer.”

Unlike Israel’s high priest, Jesus didn’t have to offer a sacrifice for his own sins as he came into the Father’s presence. The final Day of Atonement involved this eschatological High Priest becoming the sacrifice for the sins of the people (Heb. 7:27). There is no greater love than this (John 15:13Rom. 5:6–10).

The joy set before Jesus, as he prepared to endure the cross (Heb. 12:2), included at least two things. Jesus longed to return to the Father, to enjoy the life he shared with him before the world was created. But Jesus also felt great joy in anticipation of redeeming and cherishing his international bride. He now delights in us and rejoices over us, as a bridegroom over his bride (Isa. 62:5Zeph. 3:17).

*These devos are taken from Crossway's, ESV Gospel Transformation Bible.