John 17: Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer

John 17–High Priestly Prayer

We dig into John 17 this week where Chris will talk about Jesus’ High Priestly prayer. Jesus knew His time on earth was coming to an end. And in this passage He prayed for three things: Himself, His disciples, and believers in Him. How amazing is that? If you are a believer in Jesus, He prayed for you!

We’ll learn that the mission of Jesus our High Priest is to glorify God in His life, His ministry, His sacrifice, His resurrection, and His ascension. All that Christ did was designed to glorify God. As Jesus prays for His disciples we’ll learn that He prayed for their safety. That they would not stray from what was about to come. He is praying that they too, just like He prayed for Himself, would glorify God in all they do.

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The Outpouring

by Elwood McQuaid

Out of almost 900 verses in the gospel of John, over 650 are directly related to the feasts of Israel. This is an aspect of the book of John that is often overlooked. Why this is significant? Jesus was without sin and He had have certain credentials to be qualified as our great High Priest.

In Elwood McQuaid’s beloved book The Outpouring: Jesus in the Feasts of Israel, John’s gospel comes alive as you discover the magnificent relationship between the Feasts of Israel and the Lord Jesus. After reading The Outpouring you’ll never look at John’s gospel the same.


John 17-High Priestly Prayer, Continued

Jesus prayed for His disciples because soon after His ascension, they went out and made disciples for Jesus. We are so thankful for that prayer of safety. Because of that, we are now disciples of Jesus. Jesus finally prayed for us, believers in Him. He prayed for our safety. To be clear, He wasn’t praying for our safety because He wants us to have an easy life but because we too must go and make disciples. This can be a dangerous job and Jesus values us as believers and prays on our behalf to the Father. What an awesome God we serve!

Apples of Gold: How is it with your soul?

Zvi’s older children visited an elderly home to play music for the residents. Zvi was able to join them. When he saw the doctor of the facility he remembered him immediately. In the past he was not open to talking about Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures. But as Zvi talked with him, he noticed something had changed. Listen to find out how God was working in this doctor’s life.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

Also heard on this week’s show:
» Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners!, Timothy Shaw – Hymns of Comfort and Praise

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