Burgess rightly regarded John 17 as a mountaintop of divine revelation, a pearl in the gold of the Bible. He asserts that the Lord offers this prayer in the presence of His disciples so that those who hear it (and later, those who read it) might be filled with joy. This prayer is especially significant because Jesus utters it the night before His crucifixion, which is the climax of His earthly work. Burgess thus asks his readers, If the words of a dying man are much to be regarded, how much more of a dying Christ? In this light, Anthony Burgess expounds John 17 as the prayer of Christ, both as our Mediator if we are believers and as the model of a godly man.
Originally published as CXLV Expository Sermons upon the Whole 17th Chapter of the Gospel according to John: or, Christ's Prayer before His Passion Explicated, and both Practically and Polemically Improved (London: Abraham Miller for Thomas Underhill, 1656).
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