These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes--"John very seldom depicts the gestures or looks of our Lord, as here. The best persons and the best churches still need more light. The seed of the new world must be sown in Death, that thence Life may spring up" [Olshausen]. Going from them, to be yet with them; not to be with them only as a Person without, but as a power within. 17:7 Only now (nu'n) have the disciples begun to understand. the blessedness for all of this description and character, to have a consciousness of being interested in Christ's prayer; from being sent forth to the ministry from Christ's ordination: Holy Father! IV. Why he expected this glory himself. The theme of the manifestation of the Father’s name is picked up from 17:6 and refers to Jesus’ revelation of the … My soul! https: "Commentary on John 17:26". It is simply unbelievable that the apostles themselves contrived this name, made it their favorite designation of the Lord, and that one of them (John) erroneously ascribed it to Jesus near the end of the first century. Compare all. This prayer for the church will yet be fully answered; and he who loves the church and the world cannot but cast his eyes onward to that time when all believers shall be one; when contentions, bigotry, strife, and anger shall cease; and when, in perpetual union and love, Christians shall show forth the power and purity of that holy gospel with which the Saviour came to bless mankind. This sublime and beautiful discourse is appropriately closed by a solemn and most affecting prayer - a prayer at once expressive of the profoundest reverence for God and the tenderest love for men - simple, grave, tender, sublime, and full of consolation. Christ spoke in John 17:3, as John quoted him. The thought of John 17:25 is now more fully expressed, and, with it, the result to which the knowledge spoken of conducts all believers is summed up in the one word inclusive of every blessing, both for time and for eternity,—love. They thus, by faith, come into a participation of God’s eternal love to his Son. The extraordinary character of this agony betrays itself in its suddenness and even its violence. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". Verses 24–26 . See what over 145,000 … And will declare it - or 'make it known' [ egnoorisa (Greek #1107) ... gnoorisa (Greek #1107)]. Connected as it is with the preceding words, this expression must mean: "And in loving them thus, it will still be myself in them whom thou wilt love, and thus thy love will not attach itself to anything that is defiled." That the love wherewith thou hast loved, [ eegapeesas (G25), 'lovedst'] me may be in them, and I in them. 1871-8. The conviction of every devoted Christian who studies this prayer resolves into this: that none but Jesus Christ our Lord could have prayed it, and even he, only in the torture of those pressure-events leading up to the cross. https: Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. John 18:1, John 18:2.—A. He means, therefore, that he taught the apostles efficaciously. I shall best bring out the whole fullness of their meaning if I simply follow them word by word. I. (1.) I have manifested--I manifested. He has compressed into the last moments given Him for conversation with His own the most sublime and glorious sentiments ever uttered by mortal lips. And I have declared — I made known or communicated. He intercedes as a king, for he is a priest upon his throne (like Melchizedek), a king-priest. BibliographyCalvin, John. So the grand impression upon the world at large, that the mission of Christ is divine, is to be made by the unity of His disciples. https: As thou hast sent--sentest. 1765. A.S.V. The first view of the Father which the Cross presents to the mind is His holiness, His unutterable holiness. John 18:4-8.—Homilist, vol. They are, first, the colloquy and events during the supper, (chap. And after my resurrection, I will yet further declare it to them, who are yet in a great measure ignorant and imperfect in their notions of thee; that thy love wherewith thou hast loved me may be further communicated to them, and be derived to them, and abide in and upon them for ever; because I am in them (so some would have it read, though the word be kagw, which properly is, and I, as we translate it). These disciples who are with Jesus now in the Upper Room have continued in his word (except for Judas Iscariot, who has departed), and they do know the truth about who Jesus is and why he has come into the world (17:8). "With this lofty thought the Redeemer closes His prayer for His disciples, and in them for His Church through all ages. That the saving knowledge of God comes to us by direct communication from Christ. Jer 1:5) and priests (Exod 40:13, Lev 8:30, and 2 Chr 5:11) were consecrated or set apart to perform their tasks. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing John 17:26: The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (13) And now I come to thee. The word translated “sanctification,” aJgiavzw, is used here in its normal sense of being dedicated, consecrated, or set apart. Christ, the historical fact of the life and death of Jesus Christ, is the sole surviving source of certitude, which is blessedness, as to whether there is a God, and what sort of a God He is. that thou hast sent--sentest me--As before He said "Holy Father," when desiring the display of that perfection on His disciples ( John 17:11 ), so here He styles Him "Righteous Father," because He is appealing to His righteousness or justice, to make a distinction between those two diametrically opposite classes--"the world," on the one hand, which would not "know the Father, though brought so nigh to it in the Son of His love, and, on the other, Himself, who recognized and owned Him, and even His disciples, who owned His mission from the Father. To possess it means experiencing now some of its splendor because it is being lived and producing its glorious fruits. It is the model for our prayers, and with like reverence, faith, and love we should come before God. I have glorified thee on the earth--rather, "I glorified" (for the thing is conceived as now past). 15, and 16;) fourth, and last, this High Priestly prayer, (chap. Knowledge distinguishing us from the world. Now this is urged here, [1.] do thou, with uplifted eyes, and thankful heart, behold thy God and Savior, in this most blessed representation the Holy Ghost hath made of him, in this Chapter, here entering upon His High Priestly Office; and through faith, come under the golden Censer of his Offering! Jesus’ own glorification (his return to the Father through death, resurrection, and exaltation) is not an end in itself; even this is to the greater glory of the Father, as is everything the Son does. The future: I will make known, does not refer to the death of Jesus, as Weiss supposes, but, according to the preceding chapters (John 14:21; John 14:26, John 16:25), to the sending of the Holy Spirit and the entire work of Jesus in the Church after the day of Pentecost. What an affecting light does this throw upon His self-sacrificing love to His Father and to men, in coming hither and staying here during all the period of His work in the flesh-enduring the privations of life, the contradiction of sinners against Himself, the varied assaults of the great Enemy of souls, the slowness of His disciples' apprehension in spiritual things, not to speak of the sight of evil all around Him, and the sense of sin and the curse pressing upon His spirit all throughout, and bringing Him at length to the accursed tree!