“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.” NRSV
Thus reading is a continutation of Jesus’ “Farewell Discourse.” It begins with Jesus once again laying claim to his authenticity as one sent by God. This is a recurring theme in John’s gospel. More than the other three gospels, in John, Jesus is always flashing his “Son of God” credentials. John may have believed that his audience needed more convincing of Jesus’ true identity.Too much time and distance make it impossible to know.
What we do know is that John’s gospel left us a remarkable image of Jesus with some of the most memorable moments in Jesus’ life. John also makes it clear that we are all one, one with God, one with Jesus, and one with each other when we place our faith in Jesus. That makes it all worthwhile.
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