This chapter gives us the longest recorded prayer of Jesus. In it he prays for himself (and God’s glory),for his disciples and their security without him. He closes praying for the (then future) church and its ongoing unity.
We sometimes think of cities as dangerous places. (I don’t think that’s nearly as true as some claim.) Still, the City of Refuge in ancient Israel was a notable place of safety. God has provided a refuge for us today in Christ.
A priest in the Bible is a go-between, mediator, intercessor, or a liaison – someone to stand between people and God. The Bible says we need someone like this because unholy people cannot stand before a perfectly holy God on their own merit. Jesus is the perfect Man for the job.