TEXT: John 17:1-4
1 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:
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.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
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We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 185 messages in this series.
This is message #186 titled, The Profound Prayer that Jesus Prayed, Part 2
As Jesus opened His prayer, He expressed His desire to glorify God through His work on the cross — the work that He was about to do. He asked God to glorify — sustain, strengthen, enable, and empower — Him that He might in turn glorify the Father. The way in which God would be glorified would be through the successful completion of the saving work on the cross.
This is expressed in verse 2 when Jesus says, “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.” This sentence embodies a wonderful truth about salvation. It tells us that no one is beyond Jesus’ power to save. When God sent Jesus into the world, He gave His Son power over all flesh. Jesus can save anybody. Nobody is beyond the reach of God’s grace. The blood shed on Calvary will never run dry. Andrae Crouch said the Blood will never lose its power.
Jesus has this power over all men in order to “give eternal life to as many” as God has given to Him. As one commentator said, we often think of Jesus as God’s gift to us, yet Jesus’ words confirm that we are just as much God’s gift to Him. We do not understand how all of that works, but that is what the Bible teaches. Consequently, seeing that we already belong to Jesus if we are saved, we ought to offer every part of our lives to Him that He may use it as He sees fit.
In light of this teaching that God “gives” people to the Son, ‘Is it God’s fault that some people do not receive eternal life?’ No, it is their fault. Jesus’ prayer clearly limits those who will receive eternal life to those who believe in Him. He says, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Those who do not know God and Jesus Christ in a real, personal way will not receive eternal life. It is as simple as that. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the light; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” In this prayer, Jesus is not saying that God purposely leaves some people out of the redemptive work; He is simply speaking of the reality that some people will refuse to believe on Christ in order to know God, and thus will miss out on eternal life.
Gerald Borchert explains, “Suffice it to state briefly that while God’s intention is that everyone or all people should be given eternal life, receiving this bestowal is inseparably linked to knowing God and his special Son… Great care must be taken in not overinterpreting the words in this passage to limit the number God has given to the Son because the point of the prayer is not to categorize people as those who are to be ‘in’ and those who are to be left ‘out.’ The point of this petition and its explication is that Jesus submitted and was obedient to God’s purpose for him.”
The lesson we can learn from this is that we ought to pray with God’s purposes in mind. Too often, we ask God to bless our agenda and bring our agenda to pass. We pray for our will to be done on earth and in heaven. We never stop to consider what God’s plan might be for a certain situation. This might be partly because we know God’s plan could very well include suffering, pain, and difficulty — just like it did for Jesus. We should not turn away from whatever path God might lay before us. As we see with Jesus — and as we were reminded of this Easter — God’s plans always work out for the good. And, like Jesus, before we embark on any great endeavour, we ought to take our concerns, worries, and weaknesses to God in prayer, asking Him to strengthen us and empower us for the journey ahead.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.