ANY LAST REQUEST? SANCTIFY THEM! - John 17:6-19


What would your final request be?

If you were being confronted by your looming death, what would your final request be?

I know, a morbid thought.

I wonder how many of you remember this ad?

“Any last request? A Pixie Caramel? Pixie Caramel the longer lasting chew.”

The final request for this guy was to set it up so he could escape from his looming death by requesting a chewing caramel bar that took so long to eat, that the guards feel asleep and he was able to escape.

What would be your final request?

If you were being confronted by your looming death, what would your final request be?

In John 17 we see what Jesus’ final request is as he faces his looming death. We get to be privy to Jesus praying to the Father.

A prayer that reflects all that he has been teaching the disciples and those who had ears to hear.

A prayer, a final request that begins, as Darrin shared last week, with his desire that the Father would be glorified, revealed in all his greatness, by the completion of his eternal plan. A plan that was centred around the person and work of Jesus, his work through the cross and the empty grave. Jesus came into this world to reveal truth. To teach us about who he is and in turn reveal the Father. Why, to bring glory to the Father and in turn the Father glorifies the Son. We see a oneness, a unity within the Godhead. One mind, one plan, one purpose. A complete harmony, complete unity.

Jesus final request - Father be glorified, that I maybe glorified, that you may be glorified.

And Jesus continues to pray, speaking his final requests before the Father.

Jesus final request – Father give my apostles your divine authority, your divine protection, sanctify them so you will continue to be made known in this world.

Read John 17:6-19

Why did Jesus pray for his apostles? Why did he pray for the small group of men who he had chosen and taught? Because of his deep love for them.

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. John 17:11

Protect them! Keep them!

Why did Jesus pray for his apostles? What did he request of the Father?

To confirm his apostles…

Divine authority

A divine authority as people chosen by God the Father, they belong to Father.

“…those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me…” John 17:6

“I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.” John 17:9

The apostles were owned by God as their creator and as the one has chosen them.

A divine authority because they have had God revealed to them by Jesus.

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.” John 17:6

“Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.”

John 17:7–8

Jesus revealed God fully to the apostles. They had in turn responded to truth that Jesus had presented. They believed.

Jesus’ disciples had divine authority.

Why is this so important?

  • They were to be the group who would continue Jesus’ ministry on earth after his ascension.

  • These were the first leaders in the establishment of the church.

  • These were the writers of our New Testament.

These were people of God who required divine authority because of the establishing role they had that would influence the church and the world in the centuries to come.

We stand on the work of the apostles, who stand on the work of Jesus who stands on the purposes and plans of the Father.

Why did Jesus pray for his apostles? What did he request of the Father?

To confirm his apostles’ divine authority but to also…

To request for his apostles….

Divine protection

The apostles will need divine protection because they are…

“…in the world…” John 17:11

Jesus, in the Gospel of John, has not held back with his honest evaluation of this world and how it will treat those who he chooses and believe. And this passage is no different.

“…and the world has hated them because they are not of the world…” John 17:14

While Jesus was on earth he had been protecting them. Protecting them from the hate of the world. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. John 17:12

Jesus was the good shepherd and looked after the flock, but now that he was leaving, Jesus asks the Father for Divine protection from the hate of the world.

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. John 17:11

Keep them. Protect them. How can a name protect them? The name of God is reflection of the nature and being of God. Protect them in your nature and being. All powerful, holy God. In the same power that Jesus protected them.

Not a protection by removal.

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. John 17:15