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John Chapter 17
Jesus Prays for Himself
1 ... After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven
"Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that
your Son may glorify you.
2 ... For you granted him authority over all people
that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
3 ... Now this is eternal life: that they may know
you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
4 ... I have brought you glory on earth by completing
the work you gave me to do.
5 ... And now, Father, glorify me in your presence
with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6 ... "I have revealed you to those whom you gave
me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have
obeyed your word.
7 ... Now they know that everything you have given
me comes from you.
8 ... For I gave them the words you gave me and they
accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they
believed that you sent me.
9 ... I pray for them. I am not praying for the world,
but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
10 ... All I have is yours, and all you have is mine.
And glory has come to me through them.
11 ... I will remain in the world no longer, but
they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect
them by the power of your name ... the name you gave me ... so that they
may be one as we are one.
12 ... While I was with them, I protected them and
kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the
one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 ... "I am coming to you now, but I say these things
while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of
my joy within them.
14 ... I have given them your word and the world
has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the
15 ... My prayer is not that you take them out of
the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
16 ... They are not of the world, even as I am not
17 ... Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
18 ... As you sent me into the world, I have sent
them into the world.
19 ... For them I sancitfy myself, that they too
may be truly sanctified.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 ... "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also
for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them
may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also
be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22 ... I have given them the glory that you gave
me, that they may be one as we are one:
23 ... I in them and you in me. May they be brought
to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved
them even as you have loved me.
24 ... "Father, I want those you have given me to
be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me
because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 ... "Righteous Father, though the world does not
know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
26 ... I have made you known to them, and will continue
to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them
and that I myself may be in them."
John Chapter 18
1 ... When he had finished praying, Jesus left with
his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was
an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it.
2 ... Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place,
because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
3 ... So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment
of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They
were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
4 ... Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen
to him, went out and asked them, "Who is it
5 ... "Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I
am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor
was standing there with them.)
6 ... When Jesus said, "I
am he," they drew back and fell to the ground.
7 ... Again he asked them, "Who
is it you want?" And they said, "Jesus of
8 ... "I told you that I am he,"
Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me,
then let these men go."
9 ... This happened so that the words he had spoken
would be fulfilled: "I have not lost one of
those you gave me."
10 ... Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it
and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's
name was Malchus.)
11 ... Jesus commanded Peter, "Put
your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?"
Jesus Taken to Annas
12 ... Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander
and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him and brought him
first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest
14 ... Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews
that it would be good if one man died for the people.
Peter's First Denial
15 ... Simon Peter and another disciple were following
Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with
Jesus into the high priest's courtyard, but Peter had to wait outside at
the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back,
spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
17 ... "You are not one of his disciples, are you?"
the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, "I am not."
18 ... It was cold, and the servants and officials
stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing
with them, warming himself.
The High Priest Questions Jesus
19 ... Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus
about his disciples and his teaching.
20 ... "I have spoken openly to the world,"
Jesus replied. "I always taught in synagogues
or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.
21 ... Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely
they know what I said."
22 ... When Jesus said this, one of the officials
nearby struck him in the face. "Is this the way you answer the high priest?"
23 ... "If I said something wrong," Jesus
replied, "testify as to what is wrong. But
if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"
24 ... Then Annas sent him, still bound, to Caiaphas
the high priest.
Peter's Second and Third Denials
25 ... As Simon Peter stood warming himself, he was
asked, "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it, saying,
"I am not."
26 ... One of the high priest's servants, a relative
of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, "Didn't I see you
with him in the olive grove?"
27 ... Again Peter denied it, and at that moment
a rooster began to crow.
Jesus Before Pilate
28 ... Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the
palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid
ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to
be able to eat the Passover.
29 ... So Pilate came out to them and asked, "What
charges are you bringing against this man?"
30 ... "If he were not a criminal," they replied,
"we would not have handed him over to you."
31 ... Pilate said, "Take him yourselves and judge
him by your own law." "But we have no right to execute anyone," the Jews
32 ... This happened so that the words Jesus had
spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled.
33 ... Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned
Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
34 ... "Is that your
own idea," Jesus asked, "or
did others talk to you about me?"
35 ... "Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was your
people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you
36 ... Jesus said, "My
kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent
my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
37 ... "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus
answered, "You are right in saying I am a
king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the
world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to
38 ... "What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he
went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against
39 ... But it is your custom for me to release to
you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release
'the king of the Jews'?"
40 ... They shouted back, "No, not him! Give us Barabbas!"
Now Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion.
Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified