John 17:20-18:20

While praying, Jesus made it clear that His prayer isn’t only for the present day disciples He has but for the other people who will become disciples, for those who will learn to love Him through the message they hear. Jesus prayed earnestly that there be a glory of strong unity between God and believers just as it is between Him and God the Father. After He finished praying He went to a garden with His disciples in an area called Cedron. While there Judas led a band of men sent by the high priest to arrest Jesus. In the garden after they identified Him, they took Jesus to the high priest who questioned Him about His disciples and His teachings. In response Jesus made it clear there was nothing hidden about his ministry.
While this was going on, Peter who followed Jesus from a distance denied he knew Jesus when questioned by different people.

Life Application
There is great progress and power in unity within a family, institution or organization. Unity in a group of people creates credibility and strong identity within the society they reside. Jesus desires that Christians are one in thoughts, words and action with each other and also with God. Jesus prayed for this and you can be sure that this prayer has been answered positively regardless of what the enemy might be trying out. Choose to see and accept the spirit of unity between God and His people simply because Jesus prayed it to happen. And you will experience the sense and reality of oneness with God and believers in your life. Jesus lived His life on earth teaching and demonstrating the unity between God and Man.

Personal Declaration
Jesus is in me and I am in Him. I and the Father are one

Reading – John 17:20-18:20

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, 21 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—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will 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[a] 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.”

Jesus Arrested

18 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.

Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”[b]

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?”

12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders 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, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she 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.


  1. John 17:26 Greek your name
  2. John 18:9 John 6:39