The Hour Has Come (John 16:29-17:19)

“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,”  John 17:1

In a few short days the world will be faced with a decision: “What will they do on Christmas day?”  Certainly there will be many different traditions that will be remembered.  At our house, we will read the Christmas story and then we will open presents.  Sadly, there will be many places in the world where Christmas will not be celebrated.  But still yet, the hour has come (Jesus did come to this earth, John 1:1-5).  And the hour did come (Jesus died on the cross) even though Satan had been fighting this day since the beginning of time (Genesis 3:15) (Revelation 12:1-5).

Here in John 17 we read Jesus prayer to His Father concerning this hour and those who would be affected by this hour.  As you read this chapter you will find Jesus praying even for you!  This prayer must be viewed from the eyes of the one who prayed:

1.  Glorify your son that the son may glorify you, Vs: 1-5

Our Lord is the giver of eternal life and He is glorified as the one who has eternal life.

2.  Protect your children that you have given to me, Vs: 6-10

We become God’s children because of God’s grace.  Once we are God’s children we have the ability to obey his commands.  We now become overcomer’s because of His grace.

Brothers and sisters, because this hour has come, you and I experience a threefold blessings:  1) We are secure in Christ, Vs: 15.  2) We are being sanctified by Christ, Vs: 16-17.  3) We are blessed to share Christ with others, Vs: 18-19

Question, “are you experiencing these blessings?”  If not, I encourage you to consider even more what the hour of his coming, death, and resurrection really mean!

For further study consider I Corinthians 15, Revelation 19

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