I approached this several different ways. First the chart. Then I wrote a summary of the major lessons from each chapter. Then I asked how do each of these chapters support John’s stated objective for the book, John 20:30 – 31?
Overall it seems to me that Christ is preparing his men for the reality they are going to face in the next few days. They will see their leader and Lord crucified, buried, and then resurrected. Subsequent to that they will be transformed by the arrival and pouring out of the Holy Spirit. All of them will be executed but John.
Throughout this discourse and prayer, Christ is planning the seeds that will allow them to persevere with coming ministry of the Spirit.
Part of my summary was the promises that the Lord made to us as well and requirements of the twelve and by extension us:
There are several things promised by the Lord to the 12 and by extension us:
- The preparation of a place for us with the Father
- The abiding presence of the Father and the Son in our lives
- The abiding and teaching presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives
- The free access to and of the resources of the Father in the Name of Christ
- Abide in Him
- Abide in His Word
- Pray in His Name
- Love one another
If you haven’t spent a significant amount of time in John 13 – 17 I would recommend it.