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Glorify Your Son
Bible Passage John 17: 1-5
topic 2023, in book John & .

Glorify Your Son

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached February 27, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 After Jesus had said this, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son may glorify you.

2 For you have given him authority over all humanity so that he might give eternal life to all those you gave him.

3 And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent—Jesus the Messiah.

4 I glorified you on earth by completing the task you gave me to do.

5 “So now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world existed.

BACKGROUND
Having announced His victory over the world (see John 16:33), Jesus now offers a prayer that reflects the triumph of His completed work. The whole of John 17 records Jesus’ prayer. Jesus prayed on his own behalf (verses 1-5, which we are considering today), then He prayed on behalf of His disciples (verses 6-19), and finally prayed on behalf of everyone who would become Christians in the future (verses 20-26).

Jesus was a man of prayer. We know this because the authors of the Gospels recorded this. But we have the words of only a few of His prayers. John 17 is the longest of Jesus’ prayers that we have.

In verse 1 of today’s text, He mentions that the hour has come. Already Jesus had made reference to His ‘time’ (for example, John 2:4; 12:23 ). That time had come because soldiers would arrest Him that night, and a few hours afterward, He would die on the cross. This offered this prayer on the night of His arrest.

Death on the cross was the only way to save people from the results of their sins. And when He became alive again, He defeated death. Then all who believe in him will have new life. This new life continues after death too.

Jesus begins the prayer by speaking of His relationship with the Father. Jesus’ work was to reveal God to the world so that people might receive eternal life through Him.

Jesus prays that by dying on the cross and successfully finishing His work, He will bring glory to His Father. At the same time, His death will bring glory to Himself, for it will enable Him to return to His Father and enjoy the glory that was His before He came into the world.

There is only one way to receive the new life that continues after death. In verse 3, Jesus explains clearly, that we must know God. It is not enough just to know that God exists. Even the devil knows this! We must know God as our Father and our friend. We can know God in this way by means of His Son, Jesus Christ.

This Son Jesus has always existed. Before He came to the earth, He was in heaven with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus did not remain in heaven. Instead, he was born on earth as a man. He came to save us. He obeyed God always. He did everything that God asked Him to do. His life, death, and resurrection all brought glory to God. Here, Jesus asked God to give to Him again the glory that they had shared in heaven. God granted this request. When Jesus returned to heaven, He took a position of honour and authority, next to God the Father (Acts 7:55-56).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 We must learn to converse with God and have a relationship with Him always

🔷 The way to the Father is Christ Jesus only, who is our intercessor

🔷 The humility of Jesus, though was equal to the Father, must characterize every action of the Christian

 

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray to grasp a firm knowledge of God
💥 Ask God to help you remain focused to be able to accomplish every task He has assigned you

CONCLUSION📙
Our faith as believers should be firmly grounded in God, such that even in troubled days we can still depend on Him who will honour us and bring glory unto Himself.
AMEN