June 1, 2014, John 17:1-13, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · May 26, 2014
At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that thy Son may glorify thee, since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
“I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word. Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine; all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them.
“And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name, which thou hast given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”
Why does Jesus ask God to glorify His Son?
Why does God’s Son have power to give to everyone that God has given to Him?
What did Jesus have with God before the world was created?
Who does Jesus say knew that He came from God? What does He say He is doing for them?
What does Jesus ask God the Father to do for His followers?
What about you? As you follow Jesus, is He glorified in you? What do you do to be “one” with others in your family and the Church?