John 17 " When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eye to heaven..."


I am going to use this Scripture to teach about Jesus' message to his followers and I would like to have the metaphysical interpretation and meaning of this particular chapter for my use (or beginning of chapter), whatever is most convenient for you. Thanks for doing this!


In Chapter 16 of the Gospel of John, Jesus concludes his great Final Discourse to his disciples, on the evening of the Last Supper, immediately prior to his arrest. It is a passionate and profound summation of his ministry, his teachings and the message he wants to leave with his disciples so that they can pass it to others. In particular, it is a deeply metaphysical description of the nature and power of the Christ – the Presence and Power of God that is unique as each of us, and at the same time the energy that unites us as One.
Now he concludes with a prayer, and Chapter 17 is, in its entirety, the final prayer we hear from Jesus Christ prior to his final demonstration. (In this sense it corresponds roughly to the prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane in the synoptic gospels.)  The prayer begins with the relationship between Jesus and God – between the Christ and Divine Mind. It states that a work has been completed – Jesus has "made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world." He's done his job, in other words; he's used and shared the divine talents with which he was entrusted to do a creative and prospering work in the world. He is not grandiose about his work – he realizes that his job was to reach only this small group of people ("I am not asking on behalf of the world" [Jn. 17:9]), and that has been more than sufficient.
Jesus next asks that God be with his disciples as God has been with him, a source of strength, understanding and protection. He is all too aware of how human they are – and how frail they feel themselves to be in their humanity. He's been able to protect them from themselves; he asks God to continue that protection in his absence.
And then Jesus signifies that he knows the seeds he has planted will continue to grow. "I ask not only on behalf of these (the disciples with him), but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one" (Jn. 17:20). He affirms the great truth on which, I think, the entire Unity movement is based: "I in them and you in me, as we are one" (Jn. 17:22). There is no separation, no distinction, only Oneness. And there is no call for obedience, no vaunting of the role of Jesus Christ. There is rather a profound sense of empowerment – he is not asking that his disciples remain focused on him, but that they continue the work of awakening people to their innate Christ identity that he began.
There's much more in the chapter, of course. I hope this helps.

Rev. Ed