John 17:1-5 Jesus’ High-priestly Prayer, Part 1, His Prayer for Himself
Topic: Jesus Christ, Messiah, Salvation Scripture: John 17:1–17:5
Jesus has three offices: Prophet, Priest, and King. In his redemptive work, we can see him ministering in each of these.
As we gather this morning our Lord Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of God. The pilot asked him, “Are you a king?” Over his cross, his accusation read, “King of the Jews.” In the book of Revelation Jesus is called the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Jesus is a King.
Moses told the Israelites that another prophet, like him, would come. Of course, he was referring to the Messiah. Jesus spoke the Word of God to the people and expounded its teachings. He foretold of the destruction of the temple and showed that he was indeed the prophet that Israel was read about.
The writer to the Hebrews powerfully argues the supremacy of the priesthood of Jesus to that of the Levitical line. John the Baptist called him the “lamb of God” which made reference to Jesus making a sacrifice to God. Jesus makes intercession for us before God. Jesus is our High Priest.
This is the primary place in Scripture where we are afforded a listening ear on our Lord’s prayer life. Here we see him making intercession and pleading as High Priest to God on our behalf.