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John 17:1-5 (KJV)

1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to Heaven, and said, Father, the Hour edis come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal Life to as many as thou hast given him. 3  And this is Life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.


The Great Intercessor

            We have here what has well been called the high-priestly Prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ. Know that the Life of Jesus on earth was a life dedicated to Prayer. Jesus started His ministry with Prayer. He Prayed all night long and would steal away on occasion to talk with the Father. He Prayed in the garden of Gethsemane before His agony on the Cross. This is one of the longest and highest Prayer in the Bible. Matthew Henry said of this chapter: "It is the most remarkable prayer following the most full and consoling discourse ever uttered on the earth." Martin Luther said: "This is truly beyond measure a warm and hearty prayer. He opens the depths of His heart, both about us and to His Father, and He pours them all out. It sounds so honest, so simple. It is so deep, so rich, so wide. No one can fathom it." It is said that John Knox read this Prayer over and over in His lifetime.

            This is the Lord's Prayer for His Disciples as He faces death on the Cross. The Prayer that we call the Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:5-15 is not the Lord's Prayer because the Lord could not pray this Prayer. What we call the Lord's Prayer is an outline of how men ought to pray to approach the heavenly Father. Jesus could not pray what we call the Lord's Prayer. He could not say, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors," or Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us." How could He pray forgiveness of sins He never committed. This is not His Prayer, but an outline putting before His disciples the petitions they might well bring to God, and indicating the lines of approach to God. Jesus is now talking to the Father on behalf of his servants. He is praying, I have kept them that you gave me, I have given them your words and Father fulfill their joy, don't take out of the world but keep them in the world. He prays that they are sanctified in the truth of the word, and He prayed for those that would believe in His name and the love you loved me with may it be in them.

             Let us Look at what Jesus said verse 1, "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to Heaven, and said, Father, the Hour is come. Notice He lifted His eyes to Heaven! Jesus knows where His Help comes from, who His source of strength is, and who can answer all His needs. When He raised Lazarus from the tomb, He lifted His eyes to Heaven. He lifted the fish and loves to Heaven and blessed them. When you pray, lift your eyes to He that sits on the circle of the earth, look to the creator of all things, the Psalmist 123:1 said, "unto thee will I lift my eyes." When you pray focus on God, not your problems, get your eyes on what will not distract you.

Jesus said His Hour had come. What Hour? The Hour or time He had been sent into the world to do. The Hour He was to fulfill from the beginning of time, before the foundation of the world. Remember that when He began His ministry at the wedding of Cana, His mother said to Him, "They have no wine." His answer to her was, "Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come" (John 2:3-4). His Hour of death on the Cross had been set in eternity, and now the Hour was at hand. The Hour He will die for the sins of the world, where all shall witness the love of God by that substitutionary,  vicarious, sacrificial death of the Son of God,  where all that call on the name of Jesus will be saved. He was the lamb that was slain, the promise given, the love shown, the sacrifice made for you and I that we might have eternal Life. His Hour had come, he must lay down His Life no man take it and he was able to take it up again justifying us.

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He speaks to the Father on behalf of the disciples He makes intercession for those that have chosen Him and followed Him.  Jesus is the great intercessor. He is making intercession for you and me right now. Just as aHe prayed for Peter and the disciples, Jesus is praying for us right now. Do you know He making requests on your behalf right now? Jesus is praying for the Father that you be strengthened in the inner man, that you can stand against the wiles of Satan, praying your faith to be increased, for your health and wellness. He sits on the right hand of the Father pleading your case, covering us with grace, praying we overcome the world. In our trials and troubles, Jesus is praying for us just as He prayed here.

Jesus says, "glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: The word glorify, means to honor, or to be held in honor.  It means to praise, and to magnify, and to extol. Giving glory to God personally acknowledges God's real character and His essence. Jesus honored God the Father by obeying all the way to the Cross of sin and shame. He glorified the Father by dying so that man might live. He gave man the words of truth that the Father gave Him and finished the work the Father gave Him. Jesus was glorified when He overcame Satan on the Cross, glorified when He rose of the third day conquering death hell and the grave. He is honored by God at His baptism, on the mount of transfiguration, He is glorified by God giving Him a name above every name and given a seat on the right hand of the Father. He is glorified anytime someone accepts Him as Lord and Savior. Now Jesus had eternal glory with God in the beginning, and he had been restored to that former glory.

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal Life to as many as thou hast given him. Now read that very carefully. The Father has given Jesus power over all flesh. Jesus has all authority in Heaven and earth, He can provide eternal Life to all that the Father has given Him. Look at what Jesus says, "And this is Life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ. Eternal Life is knowing God through Jesus Christ. The only way to know God is by coming to Him through Jesus. Jesus is the Door! No man comes to the Father except by Him. Jesus says, not knowing about God, but knowing Him.   Now listen Church Eternal Life is a gift from God that only comes through Jesus Christ. Rom. 6:23 says, the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is  Eternal Life. It's a gift. God is eternal, Jesus is eternal, and He gives eternal Life, which is in Him.  And that knowing means intimately as a husband knows His wife. Not just knowing by name the way we do friends are acquaintances but personally and intimately. Knowing Jesus is more than just academic awareness. Have an abiding relationship with. Eternal Life is found in knowing Christ as your Savior, serving Him as your Lord. This knowledge of Him not only involves head knowledge but also heart knowledge. The demons of Hell have a "head knowledge" of Jesus Christ, but they don't serve Him, they know of Him but they not going to Heaven. Jesus wants us to know God through Him, as we grow in faith in Jesus, we come to know God. We were separated and estranged from God until we accepted and confess Jesus as Lord then we are accepted by God through Jesus, and we are born again. Eternal Life is knowing God through Jesus Christ. John 3:36 says, whoever believes in the Son has Eternal Life. Jesus says we have Life eternal. The word "eternal" is from the Greek word aionios {ahee-o'-nee-os} which deals not so much with the duration of Life, but the quality of Life. Eternal Life is Life with God. And it goes on and on and on! It begins the minute you are saved, not when you die. We already sitting in the heavenlies.  Let me close by saying, Eternal Life is fellowship with God!

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