CHAPTER 17 VERSE 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”
The Lord knew what was to happen; because He fulfilled and obeyed all the commands He received from the Father knowing that His Father is a righteous wage giver. However the Disciples could not understand at this time but later they did understood. The Lord had to stress this in His prayer, so when the disciples saw Him on the cross and later on resurrected, to understand what it means to glorify God and be glorified by Him. If we also want to be blessed and be glorified by God we can stand in front of Him with a sincere and steadfast decision, with self-denial, with living faith and living sacrifice which reveals unconditional love. Otherwise, if we only have the faith based on shadows (typical faith), faith only with words and not actions, we will create in our lives spiritual confusion, many WHYS will overwhelm our minds and the result will be for us to be saturated with grief and bitterness. However, if we live and work with sincerity and show love and holiness in our lives we will know that we have a mission and it is only matter of time for God to glorify us. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 2
“As You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many You have given Him.”
He received the power because He fulfilled His spiritual goals towards His Father and towards humanity. As it is mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus revealed before His ascension “Now it is given to Me all power and authority in Heaven and on Earth”. Since He implemented the will of His Father, He received eternal imperishable life and authority to grant this to others. Therefore, He knows what shall be revealed to us so we can also implement and receive eternal life. When we implement and apply His teachings, God will utilize us as chosen vessels, as heirs of God, coheirs of Christ, partakers of His glory. Also, we can convey eternal life, life of Christ, to all people who God will send in our way through the Holy Spirit to follow us and unite so we can create the kingdom of God on Earth. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 3
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
“I have been with you for so long and you still have not recognized Me Phillip? He who saw Me saw the Father”. Christ is life and He who will follow Him, he will receive eternal life. Christ today, speaks to us;
First, through a missionary,
Second, through the word of God Old and New Testament
Third, through the Holy Spirit
Fourth, through the Son and Word of the living God and
Fifth, through the Father.
That is how we get to know God. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 4-6
“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I Had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your Name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your Word”.
The glory of the Son is recognized first that He was born from Virgin Mary and became a person like us. Secondly, is that He fought the devil and defeated him in the desert and later on when accused and persecuted by the Scribes and the Pharisees revealed a strong judgment and complete abnegation (self-denial). Third, for preaching the true Gospel of the kingdom with His words and His works. Fourth, He was crucified for the glory of God, revealing the true love towards His Father, which represents the love of God towards the salvation of the human race. Fifth, His resurrection. Sixth, He appeared with His body before His disciples. Seventh, He ascended in glory. Eight, He sat on the right hand of the Father and He sent the Holy Spirit to His people. The glory which the Father gave to the Son is that everyone will bow and kneel before Him and in His Name God will be glorified on a global scale. Also, through His power we can likewise, be blessed with signs, fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to continue the work of God through the Holy Spirit on Earth. Lastly, with His resurrection and eternal, imperishable immortal life which God grant Him. Jesus Christ, saved, redeemed His body and did not taste corruption. This is briefly the glory of the Lord; obedience, humility and unconditional love towards the Father. And this is the glory of the Father; the powers, the incorruptible eternal life which I wish for all of us to receive. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 7-8
Now they have known that all things which You given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
Whatever the Lord said and whatever the word of God is referred in the New Testament is the Spirit of the Father. The word of God was incarnated in the body of Christ. John the Theologian reveals to us “The word became flesh and dwelt among us and we saw the glory as the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth”. This was done by Christ and gave the power and the right to all people to be able to do the same. Likewise, we can also, through devotion and practice the commandments of God, manifest the word of God in us and give it flesh and bones and gain eternal life. The Lord told us that “You can do more than I did”. This is the stimulation for us today to follow Christ and defeat the enemies which are; sin, corruption, old age and death. May God act within us and enlighten us in order to understand what we say and take it seriously and begin the battle against sin, corruption, death and come forth winners. The winner will inherit everything. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 9
I pray for them, I do not pray for the world but for those whom you have given Me, for they are Yours.
The world lies in wickedness and consciously avoids God and His commandments. But whoever follows Him and he performs battles against wickedness and carries out obedience to the will of God; he will be saved. When the Lord sees good intention and positive approach to God, He cares and He prays for us to His Father and for us to be where He is.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 11
Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.
To be one, means that God and a person are one soul, one heart, one spirit. The spirit of Christ shall abide in all of us. The way God preserves us and brings forth His salvation plan is by sending the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will have the power to ensure in us the incorruptible life, the euphoria, the joy, the exhilaration, which the wisdom of God provides and the strength to become spiritually reborn and regenerated to believe with the living faith and perform the works for the kingdom of God to be established within us and around us worldwide. The unfulfilled promises of God will be fulfilled through the Holy Spirit;
Demolish sin throughout the world
Eliminate corruption and death from our bodies
Establish the kingdom of God in us and around us
Resurrection of the dead to take place in order for God to reign as in heaven and on earth. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 12
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those who You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
“He who endures to the end He will be saved”. We shall stay close to God in a spirit of learning and obedience on the examples of the Holy Gospel, so we stay away from the selfish ambitions and egoistical interests which can flood our minds and cast us out from the will of God. Let us be aware of the spirit of contradiction which never believes but always tries to convince others. When we are governed by this spirit we are trapped and pervaded and we do not have the desire or the will to sacrifice anything from what we have and cherish, such as material glory riches etc.. for anyone else as a proof of love.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 13
But now I come to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
In the world exists grief. “Be of good cheer; I have overcome this world”.
“I give peace on to you”. The analysis of the joy of God resides in the victory of the Lord who defeats corruption and death. We therefore, if we truly believe that corruption and death will be demolished, despite our vicissitudes that exist now in our lives we will decode and manifest the peace and joy of Christ in our lives and we will increase the incorruptible eternal life with in us and around us.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 14
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
When we accept the word of God, we immediately can be regenerated by God. In such a manner we can repent and flee from the world because the world does not longer provide us life and essential objectives which carry us to the likeness and the image of our Father. Once we get to know God and understand the mighty mission of Christ and we taste God’s joy and peace in our lives, our goal is to be the image and the likeness of Him. This becomes our desire so therefore, if we remain in the worldly desires and ways (sin) we do not manifest in us the pure sanctify joy of God’s word and we do not enter in the Holy of the Holies. The world hates those people who work the works of God because the righteousness of God, the love of God, the truth, humbleness, these are hard values for the world to adopt because these values do not serve selfish desires and egoistical ambitions and that is why these people are hated by the world of wickedness. Asking God to leave this world or die because we cannot tolerate others or their offences or removing ourselves from the world with the excuse that we want to devote time to God is an easy solution not to fight our weaknesses. Finding a way to live in the world and apply God’s commandments based on love and help others to regenerate themselves is our mission to bring forth the plan of God. Doing so, we have complete blessings and we are protected from the evil which acts in the world with sin personal benefits ambitions etc… We protect ourselves when we develop these three elements in our lives; Study the word of God; Prayer; Spread the word of God to create societies of God. These elements can bring in our lives joy; inexpressible joy of Christ; eternal joy. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 19
And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
When we practice the word of God in our lives, the others around us recognize the love and become enticed towards God and spiritually reborn. This brings sanctification and blessings to the person who applies and preaches the word of God. Paul the Apostle said “You are the seal of My mission”.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 22
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one;
The glory of the Lord is that we become shareholders by Christ in the sanctification, in the fruits, signs and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Also, we become through Christ, heirs of God, coheirs of Christ and partakers of the glory of God. We become shareholders of the spiritual building of God as intellectual partners. Finally we become shareholders of incorruptible immortal eternal life. I think it’s worth it for us to repent and begin the battle to race for these goals. Moreover, these goals are not compared with other worldly or human targets because the glory of these goals is eternal and the glory of the world’s targets is for a little while. I wish to all the understanding of what we are saying. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 23
I in them and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You loved Me.
The world will know Christ when we will show unconditional love and sincere dedication by following God with joy under any circumstances. Others will see us and they will follow us in unity in order for God to be glorified. Amen.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 24
Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
The Lord in any time or period is present through the Holy Spirit before and after His ascension. The one thing that He asks and wants from the Father is to have all His disciples and all the faithful in His name united among them and united with Him through the Holy Spirit because either alive or dead we are in the Lord. The Lord said “He who believes in ME he shall not die unto the centuries”. This is the meaning of this verse.
CHAPTER 17 VERSE 25-26
O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
The disciples knew that the Lord is Godsend because they had spiritual responsibility and were governed by intellectual integrity. With spiritual determination, the Lord managed to bring the will of God on earth and in people. God’s will is the sacrifice which will save the people from corruption and death, granting unto them the great mercy. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 2-3
And Judas who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
The devil is knowledgeable of many things and he is always as a spirit near a person. If the person is a chosen blessed vessel the devil is there to train him in order to complete his mission. If the person is not chosen blessed vessel the devil with his scandals and tricks slowly trades this person and sells him to corruption, sin and death. Also, the devil acts in the mind as a spirit and with thoughts that distorts the truth and creates in a person a virtual negative situation which produces grief. Still yet, the devil acts among people who are governed by spiritual ignorance and intellectual frivolity as in the case of Judas.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 5
They answered Him “Jesus of Nazareth”. Jesus said to them “I am He”. And Judas who betrayed Him also stood there.
There are people when are questioned by the authorities and powers of this world differ their theories and beliefs and compromise with others and abandon their goals and they do such, so they won’t suffer persecution. This is a sly selfish and beneficial behavior to reject God and this leads them over time to a loss. Christ taught us the YES YES and the NO NO.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 6
Then – when He said to them “I am He” – they drew back and fell to the ground.
The power of spiritual reborn people through their word is infinite. Let us be reminded in the Old Testament the prophets had enormous power in their word that others listened or were chased away. At this time the word of the Lord had enormous energy and omnipotence for everyone to fall down on the ground. That same word gave life, gave food and did many great miracles. If we strive to become chosen blessed vessels, than our word will have vast powers which will be beneficial and grateful eternally in the spiritual world. Likewise, our word will chase the negative world away, so the demons cannot act within us or around us performing in their sly wicked ways.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 8-9
Jesus answered,” I have told you that I am He. Therefore if you seek Me let these go their way”. That the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom you gave Me I have lost none”.
If we have responsibilities and obligations in our daily lives and we try our best to fulfil them, let alone God Himself. The Lord will not expose His flock to danger or the risk for them to be condemned to death. So that is why he picked up the load without hesitation and no excuse. Therefore, He did not allow for anyone to be lost. Let us be aware that God does not endanger His disciples and we shall do the same. When we preach the Gospel of the kingdom and God sends to us other people, we shall find a way for them to grow spiritually and righteously in our societies that we live in without them being blamed or persecuted and mocked with result of them to suffer. There is a way. When we will understand the sacrifice of love of Christ we will find the way to protect our brothers and sisters and do not expose them to danger. Peter still having the spirit of the world and more specifically the law which Moses put in place for the people in order to bring order in the Israelites, where the law is eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, so according to the law, Peter sought to alleviate his master from the sacrifice on the cross and by the humiliation he would have receive from the Scribes and the Pharisees. However, the Lord was governed by the spirit of His Father which reads “Love your enemies, bless them who curse you, help those who hurt you, so you can become sons and Daughters of the Father in heaven”. The Lord loved His Father when He gave Him powers and everyone around Him were joyous, but also He loved Him when He was to glorify Him with His sacrifice on the cross. Likewise, we shall love our God when He blesses our lives as we know (material) but also love Him when we are trained to be truly children of God and not illegitimate. Moreover, God trains the ones He loves so they can become pure children of His.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 14
Now it was Caiaphas who gave counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
Caiaphas the priest said that and he meant it as an interest of his people so the people and especially, specifically, the scribes and the Pharisees do not lose their power that they had illegally. But the positive side of Caiaphas statement is that Christ shall be crucified to save the nation and so it will. He prophesied correctly without knowing the meaning from what he was saying. We say a lot of things. From all of what we say, some are great truths. If we have the Holy Spirit with in us we will figure out which of those words are God’s and which is a fallacy plan and governed by deceit. Amen.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 15-16
And Simon Peter followed Jesus and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in.
John the disciple, was known to be the disciple of the Lord to the chief priests and to all Jews and he was preaching Christ until old age and while all disciples of the Lord were killed no one touch John. Only at the end of his life, he was sent in exile to the island of Patmos in order to write the Book of Revelation. What we know is that the Lord granted John His divine love as to no other disciple. The disciples loved their Lord and the Lord loved them also, but this disciple named John stood out and loved Him with special affection because he was full in obedience and he was the one who was always near Him under any circumstances. The Lord loved John so much to the point to grant him eternal imperishable life.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 17
Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man‘s disciples, are you? He said “I am not”.
Peter was the leader among the disciples of the lord and as a leader of twelve naturally a lot of people knew him. The reason they were asking him and not recognizing him it was due to the fact that the Lord was praying to prevent them of recognizing Peter. We know that Peter was crucified later on, but here if the Jews had recognized Peter and if he had not denied being Christ’s disciple maybe they will had him captured and crucify him together with the Lord. Therefore the prayer protected Peter not to be recognized. The realization of God’s verse takes place in this situation “Neither he who plants nor he who waters but the merciful God who gives the increase”.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 20-21
Jesus answered him “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing. Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I have said to them. Indeed they know what I said”.
There are many people who say different things in secret and other things in the open, especially when they feel that they will be blamed for their beliefs and it will hurt their selfishness their benefits or their ego. These people do not have a strong personality in God but are possessed by two faced spirit (double minded). The answer of the Lord to the high priest teaches us the uprightness of character and that the devil was unable to plant the lie in the Lord’s heart in order to use it and avoid the risk of danger. I wish we can all be ideal people and inherit a strong personality in God. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 22-23
And when He had said these things one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand saying, ”Do you answer the high priest like that?” Jesus answered him “If I have spoken evil bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?”
The Lord made this inquiry to this man for his action, in order for us to understand that when we are treated unfairly or blamed or persecuted and if we are given the opportunity to claim our rights we shall do.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 27
Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.
The Lord is also a great prophet a part from being the Son of God, because He foretold to Peter what would happen. Peter was scared for his own life. When we have fear it implies that we lack love in our lives. No one can be strong spiritually without experiences and without the Holy Spirit. Anything can happen when the living voice of the living God and His wisdom and unconditional love does not abide within us. I wish for all of us to reach our destination, so we can overcome and prevail over the fear, with God’s divine help and with the race of sincerity, so as to build our inner world in God. Let this be done … Amen.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 38
Pilate said to Him “What is the truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all”.
Pilate did not know what was the truth and did not request from Jesus to interpret the truth because this hour, in the contest of the events, the Scriptures had to be fulfilled; so Jesus had to be delivered and whipped as the prophesies had proclaimed. Truth is the Prophesies of the Old Testament which is directed unto Christ. Truth is the birth of the Lord by the Holy Spirit from Virgin Mary. Truth is the Lord’s baptism in the Jordan River by John. Truth is His apostolic work. Truth is the miracles. Truth is the sacrifice on the cross. Truth is the resurrection. Truth is His ascension in front of 500 people. Truth is that the Lord sat in the right hand of the Father. Truth is the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and granting them the gifts and powers which they used to spread Christianity worldwide. Therefore how could an idolater (Pilate) perceive what is the truth when the ones supposedly that know God cannot perceive? We shall study the word of God productively so as not to fall into the trap which we love God with our lips and our hearts are far away from Him.
CHAPTER 18 VERSE 39-40
But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the king of the Jews? Then they all cried again saying “Not this Man, but Barabbas”. Now Barabbas was a robber.
Humanity has voted for Barabbas and to this day Barabbas reigns. What do you think? Shall we vote with our deeds and our words for Christ in order for us to reverse this situation of deceit that exists today and has overshadowed the whole planet to be submerged in lie, corruption and in death? Barabbas reveals the sin and the continuous fall which leads us to death. Christ symbolizes the holiness, the sinless, and the incorruptible eternal happy life. Let this be done… Amen.