Like Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane as reported in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, this prayer is Jesus’ own meditation on his dying. For Jesus, his death was his moment of glorification. Throughout John’s gospel, Jesus spoke of his glory as the climax of the mission to which he dedicated himself from the beginning. It was the work that was completed and sealed at the cross. Thus, the cross was not the awful low point of the ministry of Jesus. It was not the triumph of his enemies. IT was not a momentary lapse of failure on his own part. The cross was Jesus’ hour. By dying in accord with God’s plan, Jesus was obedient to God just as we are not. He was not defeated by the world, but died for the sake of the world. Jesus prayed that his disciples might be one. It is often thought that Jesus prayed that his disciples would be united with each other, but Jesus prayed that they would be one with God as he himself was. He prayed that the world with its dark attractions would have no hold on them, that they might know God and live in God so deeply that they may be described as one with God, just as he was one with God.