9 “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you.
10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory.
11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.
12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.
13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.
14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.
15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.
16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.
17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.
19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.
23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.
26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
*? Memory Verse:*
_"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”_ *John 17:24, NIV*
*? The MESSAGE:*
To see Jesus’ glory is to see Jesus Himself. Glory is the manifest splendour of God that He reveals to humanity. He who sees the glory is blessed by God.
When Jesus was about to die, He did prayed for all believers (vs. 9-26. He prayed that God should protect, uphold and unite them as one (vs. 21). He further requested from God that all those who have believed and accepted Him be with Him in Heaven (vs. 24). He explained further that they may see His glory as it will be revealed in Heaven. Jesus wants all those who have truly accepted and remained in Him to be with Him in heaven. Heaven is the eternal abode for all believers. It is the abode of peace, joy and assurance of divine providence.
Brethren, Jesus loves you and wants you be with Him in Heaven. There is nothing to hold unto in this empty world. Everything we lay claim to, will fade way. But those who are in Christ will reign with Him and see His glory. You must not be exempted, come to Jesus today, accept Him into your live. You will surely be with Him in heaven.