John 17:1 Jesus Prayed

John 17:1 (KJV)
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

We tend to think of prayer as making requests. While that is surely a part of what it means to pray, it must not be all that is prayer. In this prayer of Jesus’ only a small portion of it is actually asking:

He prayed to be glorified
vs 1, 5
And that so he might glorify the Father

He prayed God would keep those He had given Christ
vs 11,

He prayed that they would be one
vs 11, 21-22

He prayed God would keep those same from the evil
vs 15

He prayed that they be sanctified
vs 17

He prayed that they be with Him
vs 24

Much of this prayer is not request but His reason for the request. He made these requests based on His own work or their particular circumstances or His personal will.

 

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John 17:1 Jesus Prayed

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John 16:1 To Avoid Being Offended

John 16:1 (KJV)
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

The Greek word for offended here is where we get our word scandalized. Other definitions would be entrapped or tripped up. It is impossible in this world but that offenses will come but we don’t have to be offended.

Steps to avoid being offended include:

Being Pre-warned
Vs 1-3

Being with Jesus
Vs 3

Being convicted of the Spirit
Vs 7-11

Being taught and comforted by the Spirit
Vs 12-15

Being mindful of Christ’s return
Vs 16-21

Being prayerful
Vs 22-24

Being assured of the Father’s love
Vs 25-28

 

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John 16:1 To Avoid Being Offended

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John 13:1 Classic Love

John 13:1(KJV)
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

“…He loved them unto the end.”

My mind conjured the word “classic” in relationship to this phrase.

Consider what the Bible says concerning God’s love:

  • God so loved the world
  • God commended his love while we were yet sinners
  • He first loved us
  • Behold what manner of love

And here, he loved them unto the end.

God loves us all, loves us immeasurably, loves us unconditionally, loves us sacrificially and loves us enduringly.

Classic love.

 

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John 12:27 Pray Away Troubles?

John 12:27 (KJV)
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

Jesus did not shirk from the course He came to fulfill. Though His soul was troubled; though His course would be painful, agonizing and humiliating, He stayed true.

  • He could have prayed to be saved
  • He could have called the angels to deliver Him
  • He could have simply spoken it to stop

But what good would that have done? His cause was just. His purpose was necessary. No good thing could have happened if He had called it off.

I wonder how often we ask the Lord to call off His purpose in our lives when we discover it will be painful or troubling? We can’t simply speak ourselves out of trouble but we sure can pray it away. What if the thing we avoid is the very cause by which God would be glorified in us? Perhaps we are too quick to pray away troubles and difficulties. Perhaps more care should be taken that we learn whether this trouble is intended by God to honor the Lord.

 

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John 12:27 Pray Away Troubles?

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John 11:41-43 Just To Thank Him

John 11:41-43 (KJV)
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

Behold the power and authority of Jesus Christ. Lazarus, a man who had been four days dead, heard the voice of Jesus, resurrected to life and came forth out of the grave.

This event was witnessed by those:

  • Who knew Lazarus to be dead four days
  • Who had stayed at his grave all this time and
  • Who were aware of the claims of Christ’s deity

There were questions about what Jesus might have been able to do if He had arrived before Lazarus died. But when Lazarus arose; this was unexpected by everyone.

What authority!

What power!

Truly, with God, all things are possible!

But the thing I notice is that, before He called Lazarus from the grave, He spoke with His Father. It wasn’t that He had to ask for the power. It wasn’t that He asked His Heavenly Father to resurrect Lazarus; Jesus could, would and did do that. He spoke to His father to thank Him and to acknowledge Him.

We shouldn’t only pray when we need something. We ought to pray just to speak with God, to acknowledge Him in all things and to thank Him for everything.

 

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John 11:41-43 Just To Thank Him

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John 10:40-42 Greater Works Than Miracles

John 10:40-42 (KJV)
And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
And many believed on him there.

John the Baptist did no miracles. What he did was a greater work than any miracle would be; he spoke the truth about Jesus.

We have a befuddled mixture of false ideas about ministry these days:

Some groups believe powerful ministry is the working of miracles
These groups create these weird scenarios where trumped up reports of healings and visions and “words of knowledge” are manifested. What they will do to convince people they have the power of God is limited only by imagination.

Some groups believe powerful ministry is manifested in notoriety
Billy Graham and others like him are lauded as great men of God because of their popularity.

Some groups would define the power of God as having large audiences
Of course the size of those audiences can be different depending on the group. The mega-church bunch might call it several thousand. Another might reduce it to several hundred but the mindset is still the same; numbers equal authority and power with God

Another group might say that such power that is in the number of professions in Christ they record
It might be they are not able to keep them in their church, or even get them there one time, but they can still say they led them in a prayer. Enough of these professions becomes, for them, a mark of the power of God.

I prefer the one John the Baptist was known for, he spoke the truth about Jesus
Everything else can be faked, trumped up or man made. But the truth about Jesus as found in the Word of God, only this uplifted in the Bible, accountable to everyone who possesses a Bible and happens only through honest study of the Word of God.

 

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John 10:40-42 Greater Works Than Miracles

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John 9:8-10 What Jesus Does Is A Big Deal

John 9:8-10 (KJV)
The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

My thought today is simply what a big deal was made of what Jesus did.

True enough, He gave sight to one who was born blind. That is a big deal. People didn’t quickly get over it.

  • There were questions before the healing as to why he was born blind
  • There were questions afterwards whether he had really been born blind
  • There were questions about how he who was blind had been healed
  • There were questions about the nature of the One who had healed him
  • There were questions about the spiritual position of those who accepted this as from God or not.

Nothing much has changed these two thousand years. Some people still find great benefit in Christ. Some find hope in the work of Christ in others. However some are threatened by Christ’s work; some see it as superstition and some believe it to be of the devil.

Those of us who have been helped by faith in Christ simply enjoy what God has accomplished in us.

 

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John 9:8-10 What Jesus Does Is A Big Deal

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John 8:6-7 Nothing Much Has Changed

John 8:6-7 (KJV)
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Wow, how many times has it been that people have asked me a question I tried not to answer? Truly nothing has changed in all these two thousand years.

  • They asked a question meant to cause trouble
  • They asked the question despite it being obvious Jesus preferred not to answer
  • They asked the question and came under conviction by the answer

The thing they hoped to do did not happen. He did not condemn the woman. He did not set Himself up so people turned against Him. This thing only served to heap coals of fire upon their own heads. They left under conviction, ashamed and without a word to answer Christ.

 

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John 8:6-7 Nothing Much Has Changed

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John 7:43 Because of Him

John 7:43 (KJV)
So there was a division among the people because of him.

There is no doubt that there is a great deal of division these days because of Jesus. But nothing much has changed. There was division because of Him even before His death, burial and resurrection.

There was division whether or not He was a prophet
These days the argument would be whether there is any spiritual value in Christ and the Bible. It’s the division between the believer and the unbeliever.

There was division over the details of doctrine
The problem was that many of them had not studied this subject out. The Messiah, they knew, was to be from Bethlehem. They just hadn’t done enough research to know that Christ was from Bethlehem.

There was a division caused by religious loyalty
The Pharisees argued that none of them had followed Him therefore no one else should. Fact is, at least one Pharisee had followed. Religious loyalty sends souls to hell. God does provide us with teachers and leaders. We ought to obey them and give them honor the Bible says, but our first responsibility is to Christ.

 

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John 7:43 Because of Him

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John 3:18 The Significance of Salvation

John 3:18 (KJV)
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Some groups of professing Christians believe that, when we die, God holds up a scale and weighs our good deeds against our bad deeds. This, in their mind, is how it is determined whether we go to heaven or hell.

Other groups expect that none of us are good enough to go to heaven without some penance. In their minds almost all can get to heaven after a bit of time in purgatory, so long as they were members of their church.

The Bible record, and the testimony of Jesus Christ Himself, is much different. Jesus said we are condemned already. There will be no trial. There is no penance or purgatory that can burn away the remaining dross. If we have not believed upon Jesus Christ we are already condemned and awaiting judgment.

That’s the significance of salvation.

  • It changes what is already fact.
  • It rescues us from prison.
  • It sets us free from our chains.
  • It justifies the condemned.
  • It overturns the sentence.

John 3:18 (KJV)
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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John 3:18 The Significance of Salvation

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