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NLT “After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.”

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

It was early on a Sunday morning over 2000 years ago that a man, did something no other man could do or has done. But this chapter of his story didn’t begin here. You see our lives are like chapters in a book and this chapter of Jesus’ book began on Friday night.

It was early on a Sunday morning over 2000 years ago that a man, did something no other man could do or has done. But this chapter of his story didn’t begin here. You see our lives are like chapters in a book and this chapter of Jesus’ book began on Friday night.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
Friday night, the night his suffering would truly begin. Friday night, the night He would begin to pay for our sins. “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Jesus knew what was about to take place and he was preparing for the task at hand. Jesus had just told the disciples what was about to happen, they didn’t understand, but he told them and now he’s getting himself prepared.
His preparation begins with prayer, He begins by talking to His Father. And He begins His prayer, by praying for himself. Sometimes you have to begin with you.
When you’re on a plane and their giving you the safety briefing, they tell you, if we lose cabin pressure, masks will drop from the ceiling, secure your mask first, then help others around you with their masks. You secure yours first instead of others, even if it’s your child, because if you go down, you’ll both be lost.
The 17th chapter of John is Jesus’ prayer to His Father. He continues to be the example for us to follow.
nd so Jesus begins this prayer, praying for himself.
When you have a task you have to complete. Pray.
When you have a decision to make about a job. Pray.
When you’re deciding on a mate. Pray.
When you’re children are messing up in school. Pray.
When your children are doing well. Pray
When you’re looking for a home. Pray
When you’re getting in your car to go anywhere. Pray
When you wake up in the morning. Pray.
When you go to bed at night. Pray.
As you go throughout your day. Pray.
Men ought always to pray and not to faint
When the going gets tough - the tough pray
Pray that God will help you through the task, that He will give you the strength to go through and not just to barely slide through, but to go through strong, without any shadow of turning, with no doubt that when you get to the other side you will be better than you were when you went in. Because here’s what we can be assured of, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Friday night, this chapter of Jesus’ life tells us about the magnitude of what He was about to do for us.
And so He begins this prayer, praying for himself. The text begins, “After saying all these things” - all these things were the things Jesus told the disciples was about to happen, he’s taken care of them and now he turns his attention to His Father.
The text begins, “After saying all these things” - all these things are the things Jesus told the disciples was about to happen
Jesus looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come.” It’s time and Jesus asks for two things.
, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began
Glorify your Son
Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began
So he can give glory back to you.
We were created to make His praise glorious.
Jesus’ prayer was not a selfish prayer, it would seem like it on the surface but when you look at what he asked God to do was glorify him - lift him up - so that He (Jesus) could give glory back to God. Jesus had to die for the remission of our sins, Jesus had to be lifted up to draw us back to Him and ultimately to reconnect us to the Father. The connection was severed when they sinned in the garden. Before the sin God used to walk in the garden with Adam and Eve, but after the fall, there was a separation that only Jesus could reconcile.
His prayer continues… He reminds His Father what He’s done. God didn’t forget but we pray His words and put Him in remembrance of what He said.
Jesus says, “For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” God gave his Son authority over all people, so he could give us, among other things, eternal life, so we could know the only true God and Jesus Christ. Jesus came so we could have a picture, if you will, of God.
For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began
We could not see God, but he sent a proxy to stand in His place and now that’s what we are to be and do. Stand in the gap for those who don’t know Jesus in the pardoning of their sins. We are to show a dying world the love of Christ through the way we walk, talk and live. When people look at you, when they look at your life, and yes others are watching you, when they look at you, what and who do they see? Do they see the love of Christ, do they see Jesus displayed in you?
The prayer continues, “I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Finishing is important. When you begin a journey, if you have prayed and you know that you know that you know you’re on the right path, that you’re on the right mission.
I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began
Finish your race,
complete the course,
keep working until your given task is done.
Don’t quit, even when, and yes I said when,
even when it gets hard,
even when you feel all alone
even when it looks like nothing is happening,
even when it seems like you’re standing still,
even when it appears that others are succeeding all around you and you’re failing
even when others don’t keep their word
You must continue to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Continue to push your way through the crowd. Continue to do what God has called you to do, because in the end there is a crown of righteousness laid up for you which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give you at that day. You must finish your assignment, just as Jesus did, our perfect example.
Finally, as the portion of this prayer Jesus is praying for himself closes, he says, “Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” Bring me back home where I was before the world began. Jesus existed in the beginning and now he is asking God to bring Him back home.
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In the rest of this chapter Jesus prays for the disciples and for the church. And so we come to the next step in the end of His journey on this earth…and I’m going to give you the cliff notes
Jesus is arrested just outside the garden of Gethsemane
Peter chops off one of the soldier’s ears
Jesus puts it back on and makes a deal with the soldiers - he would go peaceably, just let the rest of his disciples go.
Peter denies Jesus, three times
Jesus goes through three trials
Trial 1 is before Annas, a former high priest
Trial 2 is before Caiaphas, the current high priest
Trial 3 is before Pilate the Roman governor
Now there were elements of these trials unlike the trials you see today and then there were some elements that were just like trials of today. In these trials, Jesus was mocked and ridiculed and rebuked and abused and falsely accused. And even though Pilate found no fault with him and washed his hands of the situation Pilate still had him flogged, sometimes you’ll hear the word scourged but today we would say he was beaten, (He was wounded for our transgressions).
It was no ordinary whipping, it was a whipping with a cat of nine tail that had barbs on the end to tear the flesh from his body with each strike. And what you must remember is the beating wasn’t for anything he had done, it was because of and for us.
They put a crown of thorns on his head and pressed it down so that the blood streamed down his face.
And remember, just five days ago, the people cried Hosanna, Hosanna to the Son of David, Hosanna in the highest but now they cried out CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM!
And so, they did.
As soon as Pilate gave the order, Jesus was immediately led to the place of crucifixion and begins the next step. He had to carry his own cross that he would be fastened to. He’s weak, because after all, he is a man, he’s been slapped and whipped and spit on, and punched and abused all night with no food and now they want him to carry the very instrument with which he was to be hung.
He buckled from the weight of the cross, even Jesus in his earthly form needed some help, and God sent it in the way of a man called Simon from Cyrene, who carried the cross for him. When you’re at your weakest keep going, help is on the way.
At the place of execution, a hill called Golgotha, or Skull Hill. They laid Jesus on that cross and
BOOM! They nailed his hand and this was no ordinary nail, it was a spike that went through his wrist tearing through tendons and nerves and bone.
BOOM! They nailed the other hand.
BOOM! They nailed his feet
And then
They lifted him up on that cross, they put a sign above him that said, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”. The chief priests didn’t like that, they wanted the sign changed to say, “This man said, I am King of the Jews.” and Pilate refused responding, “What I have written, I have written!”
So, they lifted him up – but wait, if they had left him on the ground, perhaps, just perhaps they might have been ok, because in Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
There was a thief to his right and to his left
The people challenged him to come down off the cross and save himself – but he wouldn’t. You see Jesus
knew his assignment,
he knew what had to be done and
he knew he wasn’t yet finished
and so he stayed and so he hung on that cross
§ and so he hung on that cross
and so he endured the pain for you
and so he endured the pain for me
and so he stayed on that cross until the sun refused to shine, darkness fell on the earth from noon to 3
and so he stayed on that cross until our sin debt was paid in full
When it was unbearable, Jesus cried out to His Father, exclaiming “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? You see Jesus was fully human, he felt every single thing they did to him – and he took it. It can seem like in our darkest hour that God has forsaken us, that He has left us to deal with the situation alone, but He has not left you, he is there.
When it was unbearable, Jesus cried out to His Father, exclaiming “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? You see Jesus was fully human, he felt every single thing they did to him – and he took it
Even while dying, Jesus was taking care of people, he forgave the repentant thief on the cross next to him, and he gave instructions for John to take care of his mother Mary.
And when the debt was paid, once and for all – Jesus said, “It is finished” and gave up his spirit.
At that moment the earth responded and some things happened
At that moment the earth responded and some things happened
The curtain in the temple was torn from the top to the bottom - opening the holy of holies to everyone
The earth shook, there was an earthquake and rocks broke
Godly people began raising from their graves
The soldiers at the cross were terrified and acknowledged that Jesus was really the Son of God!
They put him in a borrowed tomb, he wouldn’t need it for long.
It was Friday, it was Good Friday. What they did to Jesus was terrible, but it was necessary, it was cruel, but it was necessary, it was even inhumane, but it was necessary. Because, everything He went through gives us the opportunity to receive eternal life. It gives us a way back to God.
It was Friday night, Hell thought they had the victory and the party began, Jesus was in the grave all night Friday night, Satan thought he had won. Jesus was in the grave all day Saturday, hell said we got him now. He stayed in the grave all night Sat night, the party turned up, hell said it’s over now, we got the world in our hands.
Oh but Sunday was coming and when it did, hell began to rumble, Jesus was gathering his people and on Sunday morning Jesus busted out taking the keys to death, hell and the grave. He conquered death and now we have the opportunity for eternal life. He conquered sin and now we have the chance to receive forgiveness. He paid it all, once and for all, now we can live again.
And what makes this religion different from all the others, the reason we go to church on Sunday and not Saturday, what makes us so special is the fact that Jesus is alive. He’s alive and he ascended back to heaven where he now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf. Because he lives I can face tomorrow, because he lives all fear is gone and now I know who holds my future and life is worth the living just because he lives.
Sin required a blood sacrifice and Jesus was the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins, there is no need for another and on this Sonrise Sunday morning it’s a good day for you to make a quality decision, a decision that when you fully commit to it, will change your life forever.
At that moment the earth responded and some things happened
The curtain in the temple was torn from the top to the bottom - opening the holy of holies to everyone
The earth shook, there was an earthquake and rocks broke
Today is good day to give yourself to Jesus, the doors of the church are open, will there be one.
Godly people began raising from their graves
the crucifixion,
Church membership
The soldiers at the cross were terrified and acknowledged that Jesus was really the Son of God!
Rededication
It was Friday, it was Good Friday. What they did to Jesus was terrible, but it was necessary, it was cruel, but it was necessary, it was even inhumane, but it was necessary. Because, everything He went through gives us the opportunity to receive eternal life. It gives us a way back to God.
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