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Fulfilling His Sacrifice

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Jesus is ending His journey to Golgotha. In this sermon, we will look at three of His prayers: before Gethsemane, in the Garden of Gethsemane and finally from the cross.

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John 17
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Lakeview Baptist Church
March 25, 2018
Introduction
We are in the last hours of Christ. This final evening on this earth, has been very productive; He celebrated the feast with His closest disciples. Judas has been identified and is on his way to confirm his arrangements to betray Jesus. Jesus used His time wisely, answering questions, reminding them of His mission, and preparing the disciples for what was to come. Now, we are taking the final steps to Golgotha with Him, through the eyes of the Apostle John.

Jesus Prays

Like so many times in the past, Jesus finds time to pray. Only the Apostle John captures this personal, emotion filled prayer, made somewhere between the upper room and the Garden of Gethsemane.
This prayer almost reads like an official report, given by the Son, to the Father, concerning Jesus earthly ministry and mission. It can be outlined as:
· Jesus prays for Himself – vv. 1-5
· Jesus prays for the disciples – vv. 6- 19
· Jesus prays for future believers – vv. 20-26
According to Hebrews 7:25, Jesus forever makes intercession for believers.
22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. 23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Jesus Prays: Between the Upper Room and the Garden of Gethsemane.

The whole of the Olivet Discourse, chapters 13-16, have come to a conclusion. Now, as Jesus continues on his mission, He turns His attention to the Father. Even though Jesus is speaking to God (praying), Jesus is speaking aloud for the disciples benefit and for believers in this audience today.
This prayer is truly the Lord’s Prayer, not the prayer listed in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5-13), as that was an outline of prayer for the disciples to use. This prayer is rich in adoration and thanksgiving. We are let into the “prayer closet” of Jesus, as the Holy Spirit speaks into the ear of John.
It appears that this prayer could have been made while Jesus and His disciples were walking toward the Garden, “He lifted his eyes to heaven”, gives that idea.

Jesus prays for Himself

As a whole, Jesus makes 7 requests:

1. for the glorification of the Son (17:1)
2. for the restoration of His original glory (17:5
3. for the protection of His disciples and future believers (17:11)
4. for sanctification (17:17)
5. for unification (17:21-23)
6. for glorification (17:24)
7. for the salvation of the world (17:21)
John 17:1-5 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour has come; [1] glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 [2] And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Jesus prays for the disciples – vv. 6- 19

John 17:6-19 I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you.8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, [3] keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.17 [4] Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified4 in truth.

Jesus prays for future believers – vv. 20-26

John 17:20-26 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,21 [5][7] that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.24 [6] Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Jesus Prays: In the Garden of Gethsemane.

It is in the Garden of Gethsemane that we hear Jesus praying in all His humanity. This is a tear-jerking, agonizing, heartbreaking prayer of the Lamb of God. He is Immanuel, “God with us”, however Jesus is under the ministry of His Father, Jehovah
John 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
The Gospel of John does not contain the prayers of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, so we will look at the Gospel of Matthew.
Matthew 26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Matthew 26:42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

Jesus Prays: From the Cross

Luke 23:34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Luke 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.

Jesus and His Passion

The mock trials

The judgment of man

The scourging of the Lamb of God

The Cross

The Tomb

Conclusion

Jesus fulfilled His Father’s Will.

· Jehovah - Jireh: The Lord Who Provides – God has provided the Sacrifice to save the world.
· Jehovah - Rapha: The Lord Who Heals – God, through the sacrifice of the Christ, is bringing healing to the world
· Jehovah - Nissi: The Lord Our Banner – God provides victory over death through the Offering of His Son.
· Jehovah – M’Kaddesh – The Lord Who Sanctifies – God has provided sinful man a means of being made Holy through the sin Sacrifice of Jesus.
· Jehovah – Shalom – The Lord Our Peace – The wrath of God is satisfied through the offering of the Lamb of God and the world through Him can have eternal peace.
· Jehovah – Elohim – LORD God – Lord of Lords.
· Jehovah – Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness – Only through the sinless offering of Jesus, could man see righteousness
· Jehovah – Rohi – The Lord Our Shepherd – Jesus followers trust in their Great Shepherd
· Jehovah – Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts – The Lord over the angels and of men. He is Lord of the host of heaven and of the inhabitants of the earth, of Jews and Gentiles, of rich and poor, master and slave. The name is expressive of the majesty, power, and authority of God and shows that He is able to accomplish what He determines to do.
Just before his death on the cross, Jesus uttered, “It is finished!” (Jn 19:30). The verb teleō is related to several other Greek words that refer to something being finished, accomplished, completed, or coming to an end. Jesus was communicating that he had accomplished his mission and fulfilled his Father’s will. Jesus’s death on the cross on our behalf was his purpose for coming into the world. It is not surprising that Revelation uses the term eight times, more than any other NT book, to describe various events related to Jesus’s second coming (10:7; 11:7; 15:1, 8; 17:17; 20:3, 5, 7).[1]
NT New Testament
[1] Bruce A. Ware, “The Cross and the Gospel,” in CSB Study Bible: Notes, ed. Edwin A. Blum and Trevin Wax (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 1705.
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