Final Discourse

“John alone records the final discourse of Jesus with his chosen disciples.  Each word Jesus speaks reflects the burden which he feels in leaving these men to finish the work which he has begun.  Jesus encourages them in their faith and promises that in his name they will perform great works.  Again he calls them to mutual love in order to withstand the inevitable persecution which awaits them. 

After reminding them that joy will come from the sorrow they are about to bear, Jesus offers up a prayer.  in that prayer Jesus asks first for glorification that God himself might be glorified, then prays for the 11 disciples, and finally for all his disciples, that they might love one another and thereby be a continuing witness to the world.”

Read:  John 15, 16 & 17

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.