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John 17:1-5
Jesus Prays For Himself
January 12, 2014
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
January Memory Verse
Lamentations 3:22-23
NKJV
22 Through the Lord’s
mercies we are not
consumed, because His
compassions ...
23 They

are new every
morning. Great is Your
faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23
NKJV
What is the number one thing?
The glory of God!

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Memory Verse for 2014
1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore,

whether you
eat or drink, or whatever
you do, do all to the ...
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William Barclay's
Daily Study Bible (NT)

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J. Vernon McGee's
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*We now come to one of
the most remarkable
chapters in the Bible.
*It is the longest prayer in
the Bible, although it
woul...
*That is a good indication
of the length that public
prayers should be.
*If you can't say all you've
got to say in three o...
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*Brief public prayers,
thought out and right to
the point, are much more
effective than those long,
rambling ones we hear....
According to
Romans 8:34,
Jesus is praying
for you this
very moment!
Romans 8:34b NKJV
34b It is Christ Who died,
and furthermore is also
risen, Who is even at the
right hand of God, Who
also...
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Isaiah 49:16a NKJV
16a I have inscribed you on
the palms of My hands;

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Would you like to know
exactly what Jesus is
praying for you right
now?

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The answer is found in
John 17.
John 17
Farewell Discourse
Wikipedia
In John, chapters 14-17,
Jesus is saying farewell to
His eleven remaining
disciples.
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The Farewell Discourse
was given by Jesus
immediately after the Last
Supper in the Upper
Room in Jerusalem, the
night befo...
Jesus tells the disciples
that He will be going
away to the Father and
that He will send the Holy
Spirit to guide them.
The Prince of Peace
bestows peace on the
disciples and commands
them to
love one
another.
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The unity of love is a key
theme in the discourse,
manifested by several
reiterations of the
New Commandment:
"love one an...
Jesus showed them how
He loved them by laying
down His life for them.
13 Greater love has no one
than this, than to lay
do...
Since we are to love one
another as He has loved
us, that means we should
be willing
to lay down
our lives
for each other....
The discourse contains the
allegory of The Vine
which positions Jesus as
the vine and
the disciples
as the branches.
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Jesus then warns the
disciples of upcoming
persecutions:
"If the world hates you,
remember that they hated
Me before you".
In the final part of the
discourse (John 17:1-26)
Jesus prays for:
1) Himself,
2) His disciples and
3) the coming church(u...
While the earlier parts of
the discourse are
addressed to the disciples,
this final part addresses
the Father, as Jesus tu...
The key themes of the
prayer are:
1) the glorification of the
Father and
2) petitions for the unity
of the disciples
throu...
Jesus Prays for Himself
John 17:1-5
Jesus Prays for His
Disciples
John 17:6-19
Jesus Prays for Us
John 17:20-26
At the end of the Farewell
Discourse, this prayer of
Jesus is known as the
Farewell Prayer or as the
High Priestly Prayer
...
In the Old Covenant, it
was the high priest who
offered the bloody
sacrifice to Yahweh on His
sacred altar and whose
respo...
as God's representative
and the
people's
intercessor.

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Now, in the New
Covenant order, it is Jesus
Who is offering Himself
as the sacrifice and His
intercession on behalf of
His...
Therefore, this prayer has
come to be known as His
High Priestly Prayer.
As we read the words of
Jesus' prayer we have the
sense that even though He
is still speaking from the
Upper Room in
Jerus...
between time and eternity
and that He has already
taken His first steps
toward the cross and His
return to the Father (see...
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Once the prayer has
ended, the events of Jesus'
Passion and the end of
His earthly life unfold
rather quickly.
John 17:1-26 NKJV
Jesus Prays for Himself
John 17:1-5 NKJV
1 Jesus spoke these words,
lifted up His eyes to heaven,
and said: “Father, the h...
2 as

You have given Him
authority over all flesh,
that He should give
eternal life to as many as
You have given Him.
3 And

this is eternal life,
that they may know You,
the only true God, and
Jesus Christ Whom You
have sent.
4I

have glorified You on
the earth. I have finished
the work which You have
given Me to do.
5

And now, O Father,
glorify Me together with
Yourself, with the glory
which I had with You
before the world was.”
John 1...
The Lord Jesus is handing
in His final report to the
Father.

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*Jesus hasn't died on the
Cross yet; but, as far as
God is concerned, He
speaks of things which are
not as if they are.
*F...
*Our Lord Jesus is going
to the Cross to die and
then will rise again.
On the Cross, He said, "It
is finished" (John 19:30...
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Colossians 2:14 NKJV
14 having wiped out the
handwriting of
requirements that was
against us, which was
contrary to us.
And He has taken it out of
the way, having nailed it
to the cross. (Col 2:14)

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He has done everything
that was necessary.
We can put a period there.
We cannot add a thing to
His finished work.
If our salvation was
dependent on what Jesus
did plus our works,
He could not have said,
“It is finished!”
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Therefore, the Gospel of
salvation is not what God
is asking you to do, but
what God is telling you
that He has already do...
What He is looking for is
your response to that
which saves you.
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Notice in verses 1-5 that
since Jesus prayed for
Himself, it is not out of
line nor even a mark of
selfishness for us to p...
When you and I go to God
in prayer, we need to get
our own hearts and lives
right with God.
We need to get in tune
with He...
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Every instrument should
be tuned up before it is
played.

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Before you and I begin to
pray for others, we need
to pray for ourselves.
That is not selfishness;
it is essential.
The Upper Room
Discourse (Farewell
Discourse) is like climbing
a mountain,
climaxing
in this
prayer.
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Here is what others have
said about this great
chapter:

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Matthew Henry:
"It is the most remarkable
prayer following the most
full and consoling
discourse ever uttered on
the earth...
Martin Luther:
"This is truly beyond
measure a warm and
hearty prayer. Jesus opens
the depths of His heart,
both in refere...
pours them all out.
It sounds so honest, so
simple.
It is so deep, so rich, so
wide.
No one can fathom it."
Martin Luther
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*This is the prayer which
John Knox read over and
over in his lifetime.
*When he was on his
deathbed, his wife asked
him. ...
"Read where I first put my
anchor down, in the
seventeenth chapter of
John."
*We have the record of
many others who have
r...
This is a great portion of
Scripture.
It is Jesus’ high priestly
intercession for us which
He most likely is praying
for u...
*It is a revelation to us of
the communication which
constantly passes between
the Lord Jesus and the
Father in Heaven.
*H...
He began His ministry by
going into a solitary place
to pray.

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Often He went up into a
mountain to pray and
spent the night in prayer.

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He is our great
Intercessor.
He prays for you and for
me constantly and if you
forgot to pray this
morning, He didn't.
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God always hears and
answers Jesus' prayer just
the way He prays it.

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God answers my prayers
also, but not always the
way I pray them -sometimes He must
answer my prayer with a
no, or He may a...
completely different
method or at a different
time.

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Jesus said:
John 11:41-42
41 “… Father, I thank Thee that
42 And I
Thou hast heard me.
knew that Thou hearest Me
always: b...
believe that Thou hast sent
Me“.
John 11:41b-42

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For Jesus, life had a climax
and that was the Cross.
To Him the Cross was the
glory of life and the way
to the glory of et...
"The hour has come," He
said, "for the Son of Man
to be glorified"
(John 12:23).

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What did Jesus mean
when he repeatedly spoke
of the Cross as His glory
and His glorification?
It is one of the facts of
history that again and
again it was in death that
the great ones found their
glory.
It was when they died,
and how they died, which
showed people what and
who they really were.
They may have been
misunderstood,
undervalued, condemned
as criminals in their lives,
but their deaths showed
their true p...
Joan of Arc was burned as
a witch and
a heretic by
the English.

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One of the secretaries of
the King of England left
the scene saying:
"We are all lost because we
have burned a saint."
*Again and again a
martyr's majesty has
appeared in their deaths.
*It was so with Jesus, for
even the centurion at the
foo...
"Truly this was the Son of
God" (Matthew 27:54).

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The Cross was the glory
of Jesus because He was
never
more
majestic
than in
His death.
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The Cross was His glory
because its magnet drew
men to Him in a way that
even His life had never
done—and it remains so
to...
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Jesus Prays for Himself
John 17:1 NKJV
1 Jesus

spoke these words,
lifted up His eyes to
heaven, and said: “Father,
the ho...
Glorify Your Son, that
Your Son also may glorify
You,
John 17:1 NKJV
Verse 1 says:
"Jesus spoke these words."
*Which words?
*Jesus is referring to the
words in the chapters we
have just studi...
*Now He stops speaking
to the disciples, and He
speaks to the Father.
*Although He is speaking
to the Father in this
chapt...
and for our benefit also.
*Even today He is our
great Intercessor!

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We may wonder what He
is praying for us; well,
here it is.
This is the Lord's Prayer,
the prayer that He prays
to the Fath...
The prayer in the Sermon
on the Mount is not really
the Lord's Prayer, it is the
Model Prayer.
It is the prayer that He
ta...
*When Jesus begins the
Model Prayer with "Our
Father," He means this for
all the believers.
*But here, He does not say
“ou...
*It says that He "lifted up
his eyes to Heaven,"
which means that His
eyes were open.
*Of course we can pray
without bowin...
We can pray as we walk
or as we work or as we
drive, or as we suffer.

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This was a prayer of hope
and expectancy! “Father,
the hour has come”.

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What hour?
Well, the hour that had
been set long ago in
eternity.

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As He speaks, the clock is
striking the hour that was
set back in eternity,
because He was the Lamb
of God slain before th...
It was arranged back then;
now "the hour is come.”
This ‘hour’ had been
mentioned by Jesus before
in John 7.30; 12.23; and...
It referred to the hour of
His going from the world
to His Father (7.33; 13.1),
by way of the cross (12.23).

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It was the last final period
of His life from the
moment when He knew
that the end was coming
(13.1).
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John 13:1 NKJV
1 Now before the Feast of
the Passover, when Jesus
knew that His hour had
come that He should
depart from t...
*It was the hour of
unbearable suffering.
*But in the end it was
through the cross and
resurrection that Jesus
would be gl...
bring great glory to the
Father, for there on the
cross, and through His
resurrection, would be
carried out the plan which...
people (Ephesians 1.4-8;
2 Timothy 1.9).
*Jesus is here conscious
that He is about to face a
battle of huge dimensions
whi...
The greater the difficulty,
the greater the glory!

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In Daniel 7:13-14 (536 BC)
when the Son of Man
comes into the presence of
the Ancient of Days, He
comes out of suffering t...
But that glory must come
through a cross before He
receives the crown.
He must be glorified
through suffering.
Remember that when He
began His ministry at the
wedding of Cana, His
mother said to Him,
"They have no wine."
His answer t...
do with thee?
Mine hour is not yet
come" (John 2:3-4).

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Now the hour has come,
the hour
when He
will pay
for your
sins and
mine.
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It is the hour when all the
creation of God will see
the love of God displayed
and lavished as He takes
your sins and my s...
redemptive death for you
and for me.

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Ephesians 1:7-8 NKJV
7 In

Him we have
redemption through His
blood, the forgiveness of
sins, in accordance with
the riche...
8 that

he lavished on us
with all wisdom and
understanding.
Ephesians 1:7-8 NKJV
And it won't end there; it
will go on to the
Resurrection.

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The death of Christ
demonstrates that God is
a loving Father Who so
loved the world that He
gave His only begotten
Son.
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But

God demonstrates
His own love toward us,
in that while we were still
sinners, Christ died for us.
Then the Son was raised
from the dead, ascended
back into Heaven, and He
will be given a name that
is above every name, th...
every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father!
“Glorify thy Son, that Thy
Son also may gl...
Here it is made openly
apparent that it was Jesus’
temporary task that was
the reason why He at this
stage did not enjoy a...
He had a temporarily
lower status because He
had ‘emptied Himself’ of
His Godhood in order to
become man, in
accordance wi...
But now He was to be
restored to His former
position and status again
in all of His glory.

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The partial glory of Jesus
had been revealed on
earth, both in the life that
He lived (1.14), and in the
signs that He gav...
John 2:11 NKJV
11 This

beginning of signs
Jesus did in Cana of
Galilee, and manifested
His glory; and His
disciples belie...
John 11:4 NKJV
4 When Jesus heard that,
He said, “This sickness (of
Lazarus) is not unto death,
but for the glory of God,
...
John has also brought out
that it will be revealed by
His death and
resurrection, by which the
Son of Man will be
glorifie...
John 13:31 NKJV
31 So,

when he (Judas) had
gone out, Jesus
said, “Now the Son of
Man is glorified, and God
is glorified i...
But that is a limited glory.

What is spoken of here is
a glory that far surpasses
that glory.
It is unlimited!
It is the glory referred to
in 12.41, the glory that
was always His as God
before He ‘emptied
Himself’ (Philippians 2.7),
...
John 12:41 NKJV
41 These

things Isaiah said
when he saw His glory
and spoke of Him.
Isaiah 6:1-4 NKJV
1 In the year that King
Uzziah died, I saw the
Lord sitting on a throne,
high and lifted up, and
the tra...
2 Above

it stood seraphim;
each one had six wings:
with two he covered his
face, with two he covered
his feet, and with t...
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3 And

one cried to another
and said:
“Holy, holy,
holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of
His glory!”
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4 And

the posts of the
door were shaken by the
voice of him who cried
out, and the house was
filled with smoke.
Isaiah 6:...
It is the glory of the
eternal Word (1.1), which
He had for a while put
aside in order to bring
about redemption, but
woul...
John 12:28 NKJV
28 Father, glorify Your
name.”
Then a voice came from
heaven, saying, “I have
both glorified it and will
g...
Glorify Thy Name
Donna Adkins (born 1940)
Father, we love You
We worship and adore
You
Glorify Thy Name in all
the earth!
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name in all
the earth!

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Jesus, we love You
We worship and adore
You
Glorify Thy Name in all
the earth!
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Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name in all
the earth!

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Spirit, we love You
We worship and adore
You
Glorify Thy Name in all
the earth!
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Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name in all
the earth!

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Above all this reveals His
outstanding and all
pervasive love
(John 3.16; 1 John 4.9-10;
Romans 5.8).
What greater glory could
there be than the glory
revealed when a holy but
merciful God surrenders
His own Son to die in
aw...
Himself will take part, for
undeserving and sinful
men, in order to finally
redeem them and bring
them with Him into His
g...
Jesus now turns to His
mission on earth.

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John 17:2-4 NKJV
2 as

You have given Him
authority over all flesh,
that He should give
eternal life to as many as
You hav...
3 And

this is eternal life,
that they may know You,
the only true God, and
Jesus Christ Whom You
have sent.
4I

have glorified You on
the earth. I have finished
the work which You have
given Me to do.
John 17:2-4 NKJV
The Lord Jesus is handing
in His final report to the
Father.

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*Jesus hasn't died on the
Cross yet; but, as far as
God is concerned, He
speaks of things which are
not as if they are.
*F...
*Our Lord Jesus is going
to the Cross to die and
then will rise again.
*On the Cross, He said, "It
is finished" (John 19:3...
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He has done everything
that was necessary.
We can put a period there.
We cannot add a thing to
His finished work.
If our salvation was
dependent on what Jesus
did plus our works,
He could not have said,
“It is finished!”
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Therefore, the Gospel of
salvation is not what God
is asking you to do, but
what God is telling you
that He has already do...
What He is looking for is
your response to that
which saves you.
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John 17:5 NKJV
5

And now, O Father,
glorify Me together with
Yourself, with the glory
which I had with You
before the wor...
In Philippians 2, it speaks
of Jesus emptying
Himself.
Some try to teach that He
emptied Himself of His
deity. Wrong!
*John makes it very clear
that the Word became
flesh.
*That little baby in Mary's
lap is God, and He could
have spoken thi...
*He wasn't just 99.9% God;
*He was, and is, 100% God.
*So of what did He empty
Himself?
*He emptied Himself of
His preroga...
*At Christmas we make a
great deal of the
shepherds and the angels
and the wise men who
came to see Him.
*That is not the ...
*He is the Lord of glory,
and the whole creation
should have been there;
every human being on the
face of the earth should...
People will come from all
parts of a country and
even all parts of the world
for the funeral of a great
political leader.
The whole world should
have been at the birth of
the Lord of glory when
He came to earth.
*Although He could have
claimed such homage,
instead He laid aside His
glory.
* In John 17, He is ready
to return to Heave...
Would you like to know
exactly what Jesus is
praying for you?

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The answer is found in
John 17:20-26 that we will
discuss next Sunday!
‘Even as You gave Him
authority over all flesh.’
The idea is that this One
Who goes to His death is
primarily the Judge of...
He has the authority to do
whatever He will, and as
a result He has also the
authority to forgive sins
(Mark 2.10).
He came to the world
from the Father where the
world was under His feet.
Thus He could have done
what He wanted to do, for...
Isaiah 66:1-2 NKJV
1 Thus

says the LORD:
“Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that
you wil...
And where is the place of
My rest?
2 For all those things My
hand has made,
And all those things exist,”
Says the LORD.
“B...
On him who is poor
(humble) and of a contrite
spirit,
And who trembles at My
word.
Isaiah 66:1-2 NKJV
*He could have taken
power and ruled as Satan
tempted Him to do
(Matthew 4.8-9).
*But that would not have
achieved the obj...
So He willingly and
tenaciously chose a
different path, the path
that God had laid down,
giving eternal life to those
give...
the consequences of His
choice.
Notice the contrast
between ‘being given
authority over’ and
‘receiving as a gift from
the...
authoritarian and
judgmental the other
personal and redeeming.
The idea of His being
given authority over all
flesh is mon...
All things had been
committed into His
hands.
He was sole arbiter of the
destinies of all men
(compare Matthew 7.2123).
This is a startling
statement.
He has authority over all
flesh!
He could make this
universe and every one in
it bow to Him...
He could bring us all into
subjection to Him and
make robots out of all of
us.
Although that is the last
thing He would want to
do (if He had wanted
puppets, He would have
made us puppets), He has
the ...
The church is God's love
gift to Jesus Christ.
So He gives eternal life to
as many "as thou hast
given Him."
John 17:3 NKJV
3 And

this is eternal life,
that they may know You,
the only true God, and
Jesus Christ Whom You
have sent...
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"That they might know
thee."
*It is not the amount of
knowledge you have, but
the kind of knowledge
that is important.
*It...
Name droppers know it is also important
Who knows you.
Do you know Jesus
Christ?
Does He know you?
*In the same way, it is not
the amount of faith you
have but the kind of faith...
Spurgeon said:
"It is not thy joy in Christ
that saves thee. It is
Christ. It is not thy faith in
Christ, though that be t...
"This is life eternal, that
they might know Thee the
only true God, and Jesus
Christ."

Faith comes by hearing,
hearing th...
What does the Word of
God say?
The facts are that Jesus
died for our sins, was
buried, and rose again.
Our knowledge of the
facts and our response to
that knowledge is faith.
Faith is trusting Christ as
our own Savior.
Life eternal is to know
God and to know Jesus
Christ.
Jesus is His name as
Savior, and Christ is His
title -- the Messiah,...
*To know Him means to
grow in grace and in the
knowledge of Christ.
*When we move on in the
knowledge of the Lord
Jesus Ch...
http://www.goodmessengers.org/salvationtwo.jpeg
*Anyone without the
assurance of salvation is
either unsaved or is just a
babe in Christ.
*They need to move on to
the pla...
1 John 5:11-13 NKJV
11 And

this is the
testimony: that God has
given us eternal life, and
this life is in His Son.
12 He

who has the Son has
life; he who does not have
the Son of God does not
have life.
13 These

things I have
written to you who
believe in the name of the
Son of God, that you may
know (not hope so, not
mayb...
may continue to believe in
the name of the Son of
God.
1 John 5:11-13 NKJV
Life eternal is to know the
only genuine God and to
know Jesus Christ.
This is the reason that the
study of the Word of Go...
Many people stay on the
fringe of things and are
never sure they are saved.
In 1869 Hudson Taylor was influenced
by a passage on personal holiness from
a book called "Christ Is All" by Henry
Law tha...
After His resurrection He
said to Mary, I am not yet
ascended to My Father:
but go to My brethren,
and say unto them, I
as...
My God, and your God
(John 20:17).

http://rainbowcastle.org/He_is_risen.jpg
In other words,
I have not yet ascended to
your Father, yours by the
new birth, and to My
Father, Mine because of
My posit...
Also, it could never be the
prayer of Jesus to say,
"Forgive us our sins."
He never had any sins so
He could never pray th...
By the same token, you
and I can never pray this
prayer of John 17.
This is His prayer.
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  1. 1. John 17:1-5 Jesus Prays For Himself January 12, 2014 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  2. 2. January Memory Verse Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
  3. 3. 23 They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV
  4. 4. What is the number one thing?
  5. 5. The glory of God! http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6tzRiT-BrDs/TIGM_Ih3dAI/AAAAAAAAAX0/0AJWPvlAfqw/s640/Gods+Glory.jpg
  6. 6. Memory Verse for 2014 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  7. 7. http://www.realorange.org/John%2017_edited-1.jpg
  8. 8. William Barclay's Daily Study Bible (NT) http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/images/UGSP00218.jpg
  9. 9. J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible http://a5.mzstatic.com/us/r30/Podcasts6/v4/32/5f/79/325f79f3-a0f1-02e5-5382-d8d519585dbe/mza_8884854500008393311.255x255-75.jpg
  10. 10. *We now come to one of the most remarkable chapters in the Bible. *It is the longest prayer in the Bible, although it would take you less than four minutes to read it.
  11. 11. *That is a good indication of the length that public prayers should be. *If you can't say all you've got to say in three or four minutes, then you've got way too much to say.
  12. 12. http://www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2013/03/prayer-graduation-300x187.jpg
  13. 13. *Brief public prayers, thought out and right to the point, are much more effective than those long, rambling ones we hear. *No wonder many prayer meetings are so dead!
  14. 14. According to Romans 8:34, Jesus is praying for you this very moment!
  15. 15. Romans 8:34b NKJV 34b It is Christ Who died, and furthermore is also risen, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also makes intercession for us.
  16. 16. http://www.gswclajackson.org/uploads/1/6/6/7/16676428/3951216.jpg
  17. 17. Isaiah 49:16a NKJV 16a I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; http://dailytimewithgod.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/palm.jpg
  18. 18. Would you like to know exactly what Jesus is praying for you right now? http://www.ctnprayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Jesus-Is-with-You.jpg
  19. 19. The answer is found in John 17.
  20. 20. John 17 Farewell Discourse Wikipedia In John, chapters 14-17, Jesus is saying farewell to His eleven remaining disciples.
  21. 21. http://www.jillstanek.com/last%20supper.jpg
  22. 22. The Farewell Discourse was given by Jesus immediately after the Last Supper in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, the night before His crucifixion.
  23. 23. Jesus tells the disciples that He will be going away to the Father and that He will send the Holy Spirit to guide them.
  24. 24. The Prince of Peace bestows peace on the disciples and commands them to love one another. http://thegemseekers.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/artbook__054_054__thelastsupper____.jpg
  25. 25. The unity of love is a key theme in the discourse, manifested by several reiterations of the New Commandment: "love one another as I have loved you".
  26. 26. Jesus showed them how He loved them by laying down His life for them. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13 NKJV
  27. 27. Since we are to love one another as He has loved us, that means we should be willing to lay down our lives for each other. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmnn3b72dZ1qk6bgxo1_500.jpg
  28. 28. The discourse contains the allegory of The Vine which positions Jesus as the vine and the disciples as the branches. http://www.finaltrump.com/wp-content/uploads/Vine.jpg
  29. 29. Jesus then warns the disciples of upcoming persecutions: "If the world hates you, remember that they hated Me before you".
  30. 30. In the final part of the discourse (John 17:1-26) Jesus prays for: 1) Himself, 2) His disciples and 3) the coming church(us).
  31. 31. While the earlier parts of the discourse are addressed to the disciples, this final part addresses the Father, as Jesus turns His eyes to Heaven and prays.
  32. 32. The key themes of the prayer are: 1) the glorification of the Father and 2) petitions for the unity of the disciples through love.
  33. 33. Jesus Prays for Himself John 17:1-5 Jesus Prays for His Disciples John 17:6-19 Jesus Prays for Us John 17:20-26
  34. 34. At the end of the Farewell Discourse, this prayer of Jesus is known as the Farewell Prayer or as the High Priestly Prayer (why?).
  35. 35. In the Old Covenant, it was the high priest who offered the bloody sacrifice to Yahweh on His sacred altar and whose responsibility it was to serve the covenant people
  36. 36. as God's representative and the people's intercessor. http://www.bcnn6.com/images/ark-cov-priest.jpg
  37. 37. Now, in the New Covenant order, it is Jesus Who is offering Himself as the sacrifice and His intercession on behalf of His disciples to God the Father.
  38. 38. Therefore, this prayer has come to be known as His High Priestly Prayer.
  39. 39. As we read the words of Jesus' prayer we have the sense that even though He is still speaking from the Upper Room in Jerusalem, He has already begun to cross the barrier
  40. 40. between time and eternity and that He has already taken His first steps toward the cross and His return to the Father (see “Now I am no John 17:11 longer in the world…”).
  41. 41. http://edblonski.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/lords-supper.jpg
  42. 42. Once the prayer has ended, the events of Jesus' Passion and the end of His earthly life unfold rather quickly.
  43. 43. John 17:1-26 NKJV
  44. 44. Jesus Prays for Himself John 17:1-5 NKJV 1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,
  45. 45. 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
  46. 46. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent.
  47. 47. 4I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
  48. 48. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” John 17:1-5 NKJV
  49. 49. The Lord Jesus is handing in His final report to the Father. http://media.salemwebnetwork.com/worshiphousemedia/resource/images/main/collections/sth-itisfinished.jpg
  50. 50. *Jesus hasn't died on the Cross yet; but, as far as God is concerned, He speaks of things which are not as if they are. *Future tense for God is just as accurate as the past.
  51. 51. *Our Lord Jesus is going to the Cross to die and then will rise again. On the Cross, He said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). That means our redemption was finished.
  52. 52. http://cathyfeemanart.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/it_is_finished.gif
  53. 53. Colossians 2:14 NKJV 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.
  54. 54. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Col 2:14) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c0TPhHWz1b4/TpXMwi9ObkI/AAAAAAAABvc/zSoM8BmhjIY/s1600/itisfinished.jpg
  55. 55. He has done everything that was necessary. We can put a period there. We cannot add a thing to His finished work.
  56. 56. If our salvation was dependent on what Jesus did plus our works, He could not have said, “It is finished!”
  57. 57. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/b8/8d/53/
  58. 58. Therefore, the Gospel of salvation is not what God is asking you to do, but what God is telling you that He has already done for you.
  59. 59. What He is looking for is your response to that which saves you.
  60. 60. http://ellenlandreth.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/01-jesus-paid.jpg
  61. 61. Notice in verses 1-5 that since Jesus prayed for Himself, it is not out of line nor even a mark of selfishness for us to pray for ourselves.
  62. 62. When you and I go to God in prayer, we need to get our own hearts and lives right with God. We need to get in tune with Heaven.
  63. 63. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/90/bc/81/90bc811316dd3d8f21119beec1d43868.jpg
  64. 64. Every instrument should be tuned up before it is played. http://learn-to-play-rock-guitar.com/images/tuning-up-guitar.jpg
  65. 65. http://www.verybestquotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Do-not-have-your-concert-first-and-tune-yourinstrument-afterwards.-Begin-the-day-with-God..jpg
  66. 66. Before you and I begin to pray for others, we need to pray for ourselves. That is not selfishness; it is essential.
  67. 67. The Upper Room Discourse (Farewell Discourse) is like climbing a mountain, climaxing in this prayer. http://akwos.com/images/2013/03/mountain-climbing-luke-mcreynolds-3072x2304-669258.jpg
  68. 68. Here is what others have said about this great chapter: http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4927569961224936&pid=1.7 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Martin_Luther_by_Cranach-restoration.tif/lossy-page1-220px-Martin_Luther_by_Cranach-restoration.tif.jpg
  69. 69. Matthew Henry: "It is the most remarkable prayer following the most full and consoling discourse ever uttered on the earth."
  70. 70. Martin Luther: "This is truly beyond measure a warm and hearty prayer. Jesus opens the depths of His heart, both in reference to us and to His Father, and He
  71. 71. pours them all out. It sounds so honest, so simple. It is so deep, so rich, so wide. No one can fathom it." Martin Luther
  72. 72. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_cD_Y9u_imkw/TKS9fuDEn7I/AAAAAAAAA4w/LgTjmSyzN6A/s1600/JohnKnoxColorWeb.jpg
  73. 73. *This is the prayer which John Knox read over and over in his lifetime. *When he was on his deathbed, his wife asked him. "Where do you want me to read?" He replied,
  74. 74. "Read where I first put my anchor down, in the seventeenth chapter of John." *We have the record of many others who have read it over and over.
  75. 75. This is a great portion of Scripture. It is Jesus’ high priestly intercession for us which He most likely is praying for us right this moment.
  76. 76. *It is a revelation to us of the communication which constantly passes between the Lord Jesus and the Father in Heaven. *His entire earthly life was a life of prayer.
  77. 77. He began His ministry by going into a solitary place to pray. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_yzdHMTz1-mY/TUYjkbtqLpI/AAAAAAAACbw/EhRavgK9-kg/s1600/Jesus_praying.jpg
  78. 78. Often He went up into a mountain to pray and spent the night in prayer. http://www.turnbacktogod.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/jesus-praying.jpg
  79. 79. He is our great Intercessor. He prays for you and for me constantly and if you forgot to pray this morning, He didn't.
  80. 80. http://sfodan.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/he-prayed-for-you1.jpg
  81. 81. God always hears and answers Jesus' prayer just the way He prays it. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YYHYnJuU4ec/T8N6iTN6B-I/AAAAAAAAA_U/U3XqJlAv-is/s1600/jesus-praying.jpg
  82. 82. God answers my prayers also, but not always the way I pray them -sometimes He must answer my prayer with a no, or He may accomplish what I ask by a
  83. 83. completely different method or at a different time. http://i1.cpcache.com/product/83137206/gods_answers_to_prayer_tile_coaster.jpg?height=460&width=460&qv=90
  84. 84. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/28/0a/c7/280ac782bed5b584bc58b923dcbc5ce6.jpg
  85. 85. Jesus said: John 11:41-42 41 “… Father, I thank Thee that 42 And I Thou hast heard me. knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may
  86. 86. believe that Thou hast sent Me“. John 11:41b-42 http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OBaCKBizLB8/T4f075cTdNI/AAAAAAAADiY/t8N77izy54U/s1600/Jesus-Praying-for-us+(1).jpg
  87. 87. For Jesus, life had a climax and that was the Cross. To Him the Cross was the glory of life and the way to the glory of eternity.
  88. 88. "The hour has come," He said, "for the Son of Man to be glorified" (John 12:23). http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv303/parousie/GifPassionetCrucifixion.gif
  89. 89. What did Jesus mean when he repeatedly spoke of the Cross as His glory and His glorification?
  90. 90. It is one of the facts of history that again and again it was in death that the great ones found their glory.
  91. 91. It was when they died, and how they died, which showed people what and who they really were.
  92. 92. They may have been misunderstood, undervalued, condemned as criminals in their lives, but their deaths showed their true place in the scheme of things.
  93. 93. Joan of Arc was burned as a witch and a heretic by the English. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/96/Joan_of_arc_burning_at_stake.jpg
  94. 94. One of the secretaries of the King of England left the scene saying: "We are all lost because we have burned a saint."
  95. 95. *Again and again a martyr's majesty has appeared in their deaths. *It was so with Jesus, for even the centurion at the foot of the Cross was left saying:
  96. 96. "Truly this was the Son of God" (Matthew 27:54). http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tZpnGmODY0g/UVIl7Y9jdqI/AAAAAAAAA7E/uBmyUqp_lwQ/s1600/653465.jpg
  97. 97. The Cross was the glory of Jesus because He was never more majestic than in His death. http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/A5Y58b7_Pek/hqdefault.jpg
  98. 98. The Cross was His glory because its magnet drew men to Him in a way that even His life had never done—and it remains so to this day.
  99. 99. http://shantadaniel.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/john12-32liftedup1.jpg
  100. 100. Jesus Prays for Himself John 17:1 NKJV 1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come.
  101. 101. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, John 17:1 NKJV
  102. 102. Verse 1 says: "Jesus spoke these words." *Which words? *Jesus is referring to the words in the chapters we have just studied, chapters 13 -- 16.
  103. 103. *Now He stops speaking to the disciples, and He speaks to the Father. *Although He is speaking to the Father in this chapter, He is speaking to Him for their benefit --
  104. 104. and for our benefit also. *Even today He is our great Intercessor! http://thebiblequotestbq.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/jesus-high-priest.jpg
  105. 105. http://s3.amazonaws.com/churchplantmedia-cms/first-baptist-church-la/384x280.jpg
  106. 106. http://www.halloffamemoms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/jesuswk4mediator.jpg
  107. 107. http://blogs.blueletterbible.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/112111_hearchristpraying2.jpg
  108. 108. We may wonder what He is praying for us; well, here it is. This is the Lord's Prayer, the prayer that He prays to the Father for us.
  109. 109. The prayer in the Sermon on the Mount is not really the Lord's Prayer, it is the Model Prayer. It is the prayer that He taught to the disciples.
  110. 110. *When Jesus begins the Model Prayer with "Our Father," He means this for all the believers. *But here, He does not say “our Father”, He only says “Father”.
  111. 111. *It says that He "lifted up his eyes to Heaven," which means that His eyes were open. *Of course we can pray without bowing our heads & closing our eyes.
  112. 112. We can pray as we walk or as we work or as we drive, or as we suffer. http://www.ubfriends.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Daniellion.jpg
  113. 113. This was a prayer of hope and expectancy! “Father, the hour has come”. http://www.ffctideas.org.uk/SamplesJune11/05%20-%20John%2017%20(vb).jpg
  114. 114. What hour? Well, the hour that had been set long ago in eternity. http://blogs.nsb.org/jonathanalexander/files/2010/09/timeseasonseternity.jpg
  115. 115. As He speaks, the clock is striking the hour that was set back in eternity, because He was the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8)
  116. 116. It was arranged back then; now "the hour is come.” This ‘hour’ had been mentioned by Jesus before in John 7.30; 12.23; and in 13.1.
  117. 117. It referred to the hour of His going from the world to His Father (7.33; 13.1), by way of the cross (12.23). http://cardensdesign.com/imagery/Religion_0082.jpg
  118. 118. It was the last final period of His life from the moment when He knew that the end was coming (13.1). http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/04/12/article-1376107-009FF1371000044C-789_634x440.jpg
  119. 119. John 13:1 NKJV 1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father…
  120. 120. *It was the hour of unbearable suffering. *But in the end it was through the cross and resurrection that Jesus would be glorified and vindicated and would
  121. 121. bring great glory to the Father, for there on the cross, and through His resurrection, would be carried out the plan which had been laid in eternity for the redemption of His
  122. 122. people (Ephesians 1.4-8; 2 Timothy 1.9). *Jesus is here conscious that He is about to face a battle of huge dimensions which will result in great glory.
  123. 123. The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory! http://th09.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2013/273/7/5/tempest_by_westlylafleur-d63chzg.jpg
  124. 124. In Daniel 7:13-14 (536 BC) when the Son of Man comes into the presence of the Ancient of Days, He comes out of suffering to receive ‘dominion and glory and a kingdom’.
  125. 125. But that glory must come through a cross before He receives the crown. He must be glorified through suffering.
  126. 126. Remember that when He began His ministry at the wedding of Cana, His mother said to Him, "They have no wine." His answer to her was, "Woman, what have I to
  127. 127. do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come" (John 2:3-4). http://s17.postimg.org/ojibflmov/jesus_no_wine.jpg
  128. 128. Now the hour has come, the hour when He will pay for your sins and mine. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GPoFFV6iTuk/TZPMSjKOHDI/AAAAAAAAA3o/cZILpDfFO7k/s1600/JESUS-CRUCIFIED-RESURRECTION.jpg
  129. 129. It is the hour when all the creation of God will see the love of God displayed and lavished as He takes your sins and my sins upon Himself and dies a vicarious, substitutionary,
  130. 130. redemptive death for you and for me. http://savingourfuture.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/bound-lamb-32.jpg
  131. 131. Ephesians 1:7-8 NKJV 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
  132. 132. 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8 NKJV
  133. 133. And it won't end there; it will go on to the Resurrection. http://theiowarepublican.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Easter-He-is-Risen.jpg
  134. 134. The death of Christ demonstrates that God is a loving Father Who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.
  135. 135. Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  136. 136. Then the Son was raised from the dead, ascended back into Heaven, and He will be given a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and
  137. 137. every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father! “Glorify thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee.” John 17:1b
  138. 138. Here it is made openly apparent that it was Jesus’ temporary task that was the reason why He at this stage did not enjoy all of the glory of His Godhood.
  139. 139. He had a temporarily lower status because He had ‘emptied Himself’ of His Godhood in order to become man, in accordance with the Father’s purpose.
  140. 140. But now He was to be restored to His former position and status again in all of His glory. http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/30500000/Glory-jesus-30532194-541-336.jpg
  141. 141. The partial glory of Jesus had been revealed on earth, both in the life that He lived (1.14), and in the signs that He gave (2.11; 11.4).
  142. 142. John 2:11 NKJV 11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
  143. 143. John 11:4 NKJV 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness (of Lazarus) is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
  144. 144. John has also brought out that it will be revealed by His death and resurrection, by which the Son of Man will be glorified (7.39; 13.31).
  145. 145. John 13:31 NKJV 31 So, when he (Judas) had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.
  146. 146. But that is a limited glory. What is spoken of here is a glory that far surpasses that glory. It is unlimited!
  147. 147. It is the glory referred to in 12.41, the glory that was always His as God before He ‘emptied Himself’ (Philippians 2.7), the glory that has been His from eternity past.
  148. 148. John 12:41 NKJV 41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
  149. 149. Isaiah 6:1-4 NKJV 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
  150. 150. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
  151. 151. http://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/isaiah-6.jpg
  152. 152. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”
  153. 153. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AK7Y3zAKSdc/TZNn5xBLR7I/AAAAAAAAACc/-yj51QBW9hg/s1600/Isaiah+6_3.jpg
  154. 154. 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. Isaiah 6:1-4 NKJV
  155. 155. It is the glory of the eternal Word (1.1), which He had for a while put aside in order to bring about redemption, but would now be receiving again.
  156. 156. John 12:28 NKJV 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
  157. 157. Glorify Thy Name Donna Adkins (born 1940) Father, we love You We worship and adore You Glorify Thy Name in all the earth!
  158. 158. Glorify Thy Name Glorify Thy Name Glorify Thy Name in all the earth! http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7Zk3oDLWV-g/Tp1fsJpbaBI/AAAAAAAAAXk/KoTK3mZ_Rxw/s1600/Glorify.jpg
  159. 159. Jesus, we love You We worship and adore You Glorify Thy Name in all the earth! http://canawalk.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/joy.jpg?w=610
  160. 160. Glorify Thy Name Glorify Thy Name Glorify Thy Name in all the earth! http://www.weneedadream.org/images/HandsofLight.jpg
  161. 161. Spirit, we love You We worship and adore You Glorify Thy Name in all the earth! http://thebobblehead.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/dove-holy-spirit.jpg
  162. 162. Glorify Thy Name Glorify Thy Name Glorify Thy Name in all the earth! http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4963196685713544&pid=1.7
  163. 163. Above all this reveals His outstanding and all pervasive love (John 3.16; 1 John 4.9-10; Romans 5.8).
  164. 164. What greater glory could there be than the glory revealed when a holy but merciful God surrenders His own Son to die in awful suffering, a suffering in which He
  165. 165. Himself will take part, for undeserving and sinful men, in order to finally redeem them and bring them with Him into His glory?
  166. 166. Jesus now turns to His mission on earth. http://a1.s6img.com/cdn/0007/p/1511040_9897305_lz.jpg
  167. 167. John 17:2-4 NKJV 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
  168. 168. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent.
  169. 169. 4I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. John 17:2-4 NKJV
  170. 170. The Lord Jesus is handing in His final report to the Father. http://media.salemwebnetwork.com/worshiphousemedia/resource/images/main/collections/sth-itisfinished.jpg
  171. 171. *Jesus hasn't died on the Cross yet; but, as far as God is concerned, He speaks of things which are not as if they are. *Future tense for God is just as accurate as the past.
  172. 172. *Our Lord Jesus is going to the Cross to die and then will rise again. *On the Cross, He said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). *That means our redemption was finished.
  173. 173. http://cathyfeemanart.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/it_is_finished.gif
  174. 174. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c0TPhHWz1b4/TpXMwi9ObkI/AAAAAAAABvc/zSoM8BmhjIY/s1600/itisfinished.jpg
  175. 175. He has done everything that was necessary. We can put a period there. We cannot add a thing to His finished work.
  176. 176. If our salvation was dependent on what Jesus did plus our works, He could not have said, “It is finished!”
  177. 177. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/b8/8d/53/b88d53ca781fb5f1e9b58826bc8d90bd.jpg
  178. 178. Therefore, the Gospel of salvation is not what God is asking you to do, but what God is telling you that He has already done for you.
  179. 179. What He is looking for is your response to that which saves you.
  180. 180. http://ellenlandreth.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/01-jesus-paid.jpg
  181. 181. John 17:5 NKJV 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
  182. 182. In Philippians 2, it speaks of Jesus emptying Himself. Some try to teach that He emptied Himself of His deity. Wrong!
  183. 183. *John makes it very clear that the Word became flesh. *That little baby in Mary's lap is God, and He could have spoken this universe out of existence.
  184. 184. *He wasn't just 99.9% God; *He was, and is, 100% God. *So of what did He empty Himself? *He emptied Himself of His prerogatives of deity; He laid aside His glory.
  185. 185. *At Christmas we make a great deal of the shepherds and the angels and the wise men who came to see Him. *That is not the way it should have been.
  186. 186. *He is the Lord of glory, and the whole creation should have been there; every human being on the face of the earth should have been there.
  187. 187. People will come from all parts of a country and even all parts of the world for the funeral of a great political leader.
  188. 188. The whole world should have been at the birth of the Lord of glory when He came to earth.
  189. 189. *Although He could have claimed such homage, instead He laid aside His glory. * In John 17, He is ready to return to Heaven, back to the glory.
  190. 190. Would you like to know exactly what Jesus is praying for you? http://www.ctnprayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Jesus-Is-with-You.jpg
  191. 191. The answer is found in John 17:20-26 that we will discuss next Sunday!
  192. 192. ‘Even as You gave Him authority over all flesh.’ The idea is that this One Who goes to His death is primarily the Judge of all the earth and has authority over all men.
  193. 193. He has the authority to do whatever He will, and as a result He has also the authority to forgive sins (Mark 2.10).
  194. 194. He came to the world from the Father where the world was under His feet. Thus He could have done what He wanted to do, for He had authority over all.
  195. 195. Isaiah 66:1-2 NKJV 1 Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me?
  196. 196. And where is the place of My rest? 2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “But on this one will I look:
  197. 197. On him who is poor (humble) and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. Isaiah 66:1-2 NKJV
  198. 198. *He could have taken power and ruled as Satan tempted Him to do (Matthew 4.8-9). *But that would not have achieved the object of redemption.
  199. 199. So He willingly and tenaciously chose a different path, the path that God had laid down, giving eternal life to those given to Him by the Father in full awareness of
  200. 200. the consequences of His choice. Notice the contrast between ‘being given authority over’ and ‘receiving as a gift from the Father’, the one
  201. 201. authoritarian and judgmental the other personal and redeeming. The idea of His being given authority over all flesh is monumental.
  202. 202. All things had been committed into His hands. He was sole arbiter of the destinies of all men (compare Matthew 7.2123).
  203. 203. This is a startling statement. He has authority over all flesh! He could make this universe and every one in it bow to Him.
  204. 204. He could bring us all into subjection to Him and make robots out of all of us.
  205. 205. Although that is the last thing He would want to do (if He had wanted puppets, He would have made us puppets), He has the power over all flesh.
  206. 206. The church is God's love gift to Jesus Christ. So He gives eternal life to as many "as thou hast given Him."
  207. 207. John 17:3 NKJV 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent.
  208. 208. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6e9r4ZjxQ1rvjtt3o1_500.png
  209. 209. "That they might know thee." *It is not the amount of knowledge you have, but the kind of knowledge that is important. *It is Whom you know.
  210. 210. Name droppers know it is also important Who knows you.
  211. 211. Do you know Jesus Christ? Does He know you? *In the same way, it is not the amount of faith you have but the kind of faith that is important.
  212. 212. Spurgeon said: "It is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee. It is Christ. It is not thy faith in Christ, though that be the instrument. It is Christ's blood and merit."
  213. 213. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ." Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God.
  214. 214. What does the Word of God say? The facts are that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again.
  215. 215. Our knowledge of the facts and our response to that knowledge is faith. Faith is trusting Christ as our own Savior.
  216. 216. Life eternal is to know God and to know Jesus Christ. Jesus is His name as Savior, and Christ is His title -- the Messiah, the King of Israel.
  217. 217. *To know Him means to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. *When we move on in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, we come to the place of assurance.
  218. 218. http://www.goodmessengers.org/salvationtwo.jpeg
  219. 219. *Anyone without the assurance of salvation is either unsaved or is just a babe in Christ. *They need to move on to the place where they know that they are saved.
  220. 220. 1 John 5:11-13 NKJV 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
  221. 221. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
  222. 222. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know (not hope so, not maybe) that you have eternal life, and that you
  223. 223. may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:11-13 NKJV
  224. 224. Life eternal is to know the only genuine God and to know Jesus Christ. This is the reason that the study of the Word of God is so important.
  225. 225. Many people stay on the fringe of things and are never sure they are saved.
  226. 226. In 1869 Hudson Taylor was influenced by a passage on personal holiness from a book called "Christ Is All" by Henry Law that was sent to him by a fellow missionary, John McCarthy. "The Lord Jesus received is holiness begun; the Lord Jesus cherished is holiness advancing; the Lord Jesus counted upon as never absent would be holiness complete."
  227. 227. After His resurrection He said to Mary, I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to
  228. 228. My God, and your God (John 20:17). http://rainbowcastle.org/He_is_risen.jpg
  229. 229. In other words, I have not yet ascended to your Father, yours by the new birth, and to My Father, Mine because of My position in the Trinity.
  230. 230. Also, it could never be the prayer of Jesus to say, "Forgive us our sins." He never had any sins so He could never pray the Model Prayer as His prayer.
  231. 231. By the same token, you and I can never pray this prayer of John 17. This is His prayer.
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