Summary: The foundation of all things is the glory of God. Jesus glorified the Father by completing the work He was given to do. We glorify Him the same way.
John 17 is a prayer of Jesus, for His followers. Verse 20 is an extremely important and wonderful verse, which tells us that this prayer is not just for the little flock of disciples that followed Jesus along the roads of Palestine, but this prayer is for us, also.
Isn’t it wonderful when people pray for us? But, oh how much more wonderful when Jesus prays for us. Did you know that the Bible declares that Jesus is constantly praying for us in heaven?
If you live outside the will of God, you will do so against the prayers of the Savior, who laid down His very life for you, so that you could have life, and that more abundantly.
In this prayer, Jesus doesn’t say anything about the poor, the sick, or any of the many other things on which He had shown great compassion during His ministry. This is a prayer for His followers, and the work that they were to continue. More than 40 times in this prayer, Jesus spoke of us, His followers.
In these opening verses, however, there are some truths about God, and the majestic ways of God. I want to call your attention to four of them:
God has set some specific times, v1.
Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 tell us that there is time for everything under the sun. There is a time to be born. What a happy event, when a little baby comes into the world, after the parents have waited and anticipated his arrival. As long as he lives, that day will be marked on his calendar, and on the calendar of his loved ones. There is a time to die. Birth is a far more pleasant thought than death, but both are a reality. The child, who runs and plays, has no
awareness of death, whatsoever, but just the same, from the instant we were born, we started moving toward our time of death. Hebrews.9:27 says, “It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.” We were created for eternity, and just as the nine months in the mother’s womb is transition time, so is this little three score and ten
upon this earth. There is a time to be saved. It has to happen between birth and death,
because there is no more chance after we take our last breath here on this earth. We’re told in Luke 16 that the rich man died and was buried. I have no doubt he had the finest of funerals with many mourners. Numbers of people came together, and there were probably tables and tables of food, and everybody talked about his contributions to life, as they tried to console his family. But, the Bible doesn’t elaborate on any of that. No, the Bible says, “The rich man also died, and he was buried, and in hell he lifted up his eyes!” He was never saved. 2Corinthians 6:2 gives us this warning: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Jesus said, “Father, the hour has come.” Time and again, Jesus had said, “My hour has not yet come,” but now He says, “The hour has come.”
Beloved, appointed times do come. How wise you would be to redeem the
time, this very day.
God has given us to Jesus, v2.
We often think about the fact that God gave Jesus to us and for us. But, here we see that we are God’s gift to Jesus.