1 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.
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.
Dad's notes — The Son desires glory (v. 1-5)
- The Son glorifies the Father (vs. 1)
- The Father glorifies the Son (v. 5)
Jesus spoke these words (v. 1) — The words He had been telling the disciples before the prayer.
Christ spoke this prayer out loud in the presence of the disciples so they would know the intercession He would make for them when He returned to heaven (17:13).
The Son addressed God as Father (vs. 1) as do we (Ephesians 2:18). Calling God "Father" shows His right to be heard and His affection.
hour has come (v. 1) — His sacrificial offering. Scripture, in type, prophecy and history pointed to this.
Jesus asked for glorification in His suffering and after His suffering (John 12:28). The Son could not give eternal life unless and until He was glorified in both senses.
Christ was to be glorified through His death, resurrection and exaltation, and all this glorified the Father by showing His holiness, righteousness, justice, mercy, love, faithfulness and power. He left His glory when He came to Earth, but He would soon take it up again.
eternal life (v. 2) = divine nature = knowledge of the Son (as a result of His glorification) The way to eternal life is through the knowledge of God given by Jesus Christ.
that they may know (v. 3) — continuing action, get to know
finished the work (v. 4) — anticipation of the cross.
Our salvation glorifies the Father. The Son's glorification accomplishes it (v. 5). It is also by giving eternal life to men that the Son glorifies the Father.