John 17 [Clear Word]
29. AN ALTRUISTIC MOTIVATION
1 Then Jesus stopped, looked up to heaven and prayed, "Father, the hour has now come for you to honor me as your Son so that I may honor you as my Father. 2 You have put the whole human race under my care and let me give eternal life to all who accept your love. 3 And this is eternal life, to know you, the only true God, and to accept me, Jesus Christ, as your Son. This is the gift I have given them. 4 I have honored you while I've lived here, and I've finished the work that you gave me to do. 5 So make me one with you again in the same way I was one with you before this world was ever created. 6 I've lived out your life for all to see and have told these men, whom you chose to be my disciples, about you. They've obeyed your word. 7 They know that whatever authority and power I have or whatever I've said has come from you. 8 I've told them everything you told me to tell them. They've accepted it and know that I've come directly from you and that you were the One who sent me. 9 Father, I especially pray for them right now, not for the whole world. These are the men that you have chosen to be my disciples, so they are your disciples too. 10 Actually, anyone who follows me belongs to you just as much as they belong to me. But these are the men who will give credibility to our mission. 11 In just a little while, I'll be leaving this world, but they'll still be here. Soon I'll be seeing you, but they'll be left alone. Holy Father, please watch over these men whom you've given to me, so that they may honor you by being one, just as you and I are one. 12All the time I've been here, I've watched over them and held them together for your sake. I haven't lost one of them, except Judas who chose to betray me, and you had told me that he would do this. 13So now I'm ready to come home again. I've told these men everything that will happen and that they'll soon experience the same joyous relationship with you that I've always had. 14 I've sent them out to tell others the good news about you, so they've experienced what it means to be rejected, just as I have because I don't have the same spirit the world has. 15 I'm not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil that's in the world. 16 They don't really belong in this world any more than I do. 17 Help them to be holy men through your truth. The truth about you is found in your word which they have in Scripture. 18 I'm sending them into the world to tell others about you, just as you sent me into the world to tell them about you. 19 I set myself wholly apart for you and gave them an example of what they should do. 20 Father, I'm not praying just for these men, but for all those who will become my disciples through what these men will say and do. 21 That's why it's so important that they have the same spirit and be one, just as you and I are one. Then they'll be one with us, and the world will be able to see what my mission was all about and believe that you really sent me. 22 The honor you have shown to me. I have shared with them so they can know what it's like to love and respect one another as we do. 23 I in them and you in me--may they be one as we are one. That's how the world will know that you have sent me and that you love your people just as much as you love me. 24 Father, I would like these men whom you have chosen to be with me where I am. I want them to see the glory you will give me and to know how much you have loved me, even before this world was created. 25 Oh, righteous Father, the world just doesn't know you. But I know you, and these men now know that you've sent me. 26 I have told them about you, and the Holy Spirit will continue telling them about you, so that the same love I have for you and you have for me will be in them. Amen."