Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said: Father, it's time. Display the bright splendor of your Son So the Son in turn may show your bright splendor.
You put him in charge of everything human So he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge.
And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
I glorified you on earth By completing down to the last detail What you assigned me to do.
And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendor, The very splendor I had in your presence Before there was a world.
I spelled out your character in detail To the men and women you gave me. They were yours in the first place; Then you gave them to me, And they have now done what you said.
They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt, That everything you gave me is firsthand from you,
For the message you gave me, I gave them; And they took it, and were convinced That I came from you. They believed that you sent me.
I pray for them. I'm not praying for the God-rejecting world But for those you gave me, For they are yours by right.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)