The transition from ‘Thy Son’ to ‘the Son’ is worthy of notice, the former including an appeal to personal relationship, the latter bringing especially into view the work by which Jesus ‘declares’ the Father (comp. Here note, how the glory of the Father and the Son are inseparably linked together; it was the Father's design to glorify the Son, and it was the Son's desire to have glory from the Father, for this end, that he might bring glory to the Father: Glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee. ], Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, These things spake Jesus, and lifting up his eyes to, Glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. In the first petition of this prayer the disciples are not identified with Him, and yet He does not by the use of the singular person exclude them. Note that in chapter 17 He does not pray to the Spirit, but to the Father. Domino, si tibi sim necessarius, non recuso vivere: Lord, if thou hast any further service for me to do, I am willing to live longer. John 12:23 et seq.) "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". Yet the gospel also recognizes that “No one has ever seen God” (1:18). The passage can be divided into three sections. By his death the law, the truth, and the mercy of God were honored. Study the bible online using commentary on John 17:1 and more! https: Christ asks that his kingdom may be glorified, in order that he also may advance the glory of the Father. https: ii. tauta elalesen Iesous) clearly connects what follows with what Jesus had just been saying (cf. "Family Bible New Testament". They were proceeding to the garden of Gethsemane. In the verse before us, observe, 1. on chap. John 11:4, John 13:31, John 12:28. "Commentary on John 17:1". It imported, 1. John 17:1. That this hour is meant is shown by the petition which follows: δόξασόν σου τὸν υἱόν, “glorify Thy Son”. He means that there is a mutual connection between the advancement of his glory and of the glory of his Father; for why is Christ manifested, but that he may lead us to the Father? O to have been within hearing of such a prayer as that must have been, which wound up the whole of His past ministry and formed the point of transition to the dark scenes which immediately followed! Bengel speaks of this chapter as the simplest in word, and profoundest in thought, in the whole Bible. It is also the object of Christ’s prayer, that his death may produce, through the power of the Heavenly Spirit, such fruit as had been decreed by the eternal purpose of God; for he says thatthe hour is come, not an hour which is determined by the fancy of men, but an hour which God had appointed. Washed himself, and put on clean linen garments. ‘The hour’ referred to is not merely that of death, or of death as a transition to glory; it is that in which the Son makes perfect the accomplishment of the Father’s will (comp. College Press, Joplin, MO. The glorifying of the Father by the Son is the manifestation of God’s glory in the completion of the Messianic work by the mission of the Advocate and the future victories of the Church. 1840-57. Professor and Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament, A resource for the whole church from Luther Seminary. Yet if we desire actually to imitate Christ, we must take care that outward gestures do not express more than is in our mind, but that the inward feeling shall direct the eyes, the hands, the tongue, and every thing about us. That He lifted up His eyes to heaven is more than once recorded: ch. According to John’s gospel, eternal life comes from a relationship with the eternal God. First published online in 1996 at The Restoration Movement Pages. These things spake Jesus; and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, Father glorify thy Son, that the Son may glorify thee. John Trapp Complete Commentary. 1832. The upward look is naturally expressive of feeling, and irrespective of place. Thy Son - thy Son ( σοῦ τὸν υἱὸν - ὁ υἱός ). What hour? Chapters 15-16 are composed of discourses (lengthy teachings). ", "Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground", "it is good for them to draw near to God. After Jesus finished saying this. "Commentary on John 17:1". His justice was to be honoured, and a way was to be opened for the free exercise of his mercy. This is how some believers respond in similar situations. Hence it follows, that all the honor which is bestowed on Christ is so far from diminishing the honor of the Father, that it confirms it the more. their admission to a share of his glory in heaven. As the order of Christ's prayer, so the gesture in which he prayed: He lifted up his eyes to heaven: as an indication of his soul being lifted up to God in heaven; to signify his reverence of God, whose throne is in heaven; and to denote his confidence in God, and raised expectation of aid and help from God, and not from any creature. 1887. Note on John 14:31. It adds much to the interest of this prayer that it was offered in the stillness of the night, in the open air, and in the especially tender circumstances in which Jesus and his apostles were. All rights reserved. [5] A. T. Robertson, Harmony of the Gospels (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1922), p. 151. The hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son may also glorify thee. (2) for restoration to the eternal glory (John 17:5); (a) the world (John 17:11) (b) the evil one (John 17:15); (4) for the sanctification of believers (John 17:17); (5) for the spiritual unity of believers (John 17:21); (6) that the world may believe (John 17:21); (7) that believers may be with Him in heaven to behold and share His glory (John 17:24). It is often spoken of as the High Priest’s Prayer (comp. In His ministry He has continually revealed His glory (John 1:14; John 2:11; John 11:4 see also Mark 9:1-8; Matthew 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-36), but this is leading to greater glory, for it is a glory achieved through the final fulfilment of God’s plan of deliverance in which the power of the Enemy is broken through the self-giving of Christ, whilst He Himself is raised to supreme authority. chap. John’s gospel assumes that people were created by God for relationship with God. It is not a bestowal of personal glory for which Jesus prays, for such a thought would both be out of keeping with the mind of Him who never sought His own glory, and would compel us to understand the word ‘glorify’ in the first clause in a sense wholly different from any that can be given it in the second. https: These things spake Jesus, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said. https: But it was proper that Christ should pray in a different manner, for he had nothing about him of which he ought to be ashamed; and it is certain that David himself prayed sometimes in one attitude, and sometimes in another, according to the circumstances in which he was placed. ], 4. Never does Jesus say in prayer, 'Our Father,' though He directs His disciples to do it; but always "Father," and once, during His Agony, "My Father:" thus severing Himself as Man from all other men, as the "Separate from sinners," though "Bone of our bone, and Flesh of our flesh.