1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you,
2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom 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 glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.
5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you;
8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours.
10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.
11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
Notes on John 17:1-11
Paul says something similar in the second letter to Timothy, chapter 4 verse 7 ‘I have run the race, I have kept the faith’. For Jesus and for Paul (or whichever church leader wrote that letter) the action which deserves to be recognised is having kept faith with the task charged to them. The only ‘glory’ which this attracts is that it reflects faithfulness. And as we recognise that we remember that in all of the word and action of Jesus and all those who follow him faithfully the focus on all ministry is to draw people into relationship with God. Like Jesus we pray for those who we care for, just as we hand them into God’s continuing care. What happens is up to God, and up to us. Be faithful.