HAPPINESS: THE BY-PRODUCT OF A JOB WELL DONE
JOHN 17: 1 - 19
JESUS CHRIST now begins His last teaching ministry to His
followers. On their way to Gethsemane, they pass close by the
temple area. Here, Christ prayed the high priestly prayer just
before the sacrifice is to be made.
The N.T. records 13 specific instances of Jesus praying. (John
records three: 11:41,42; 12:27,28; 17).
When you pray, pray to God. Most persons are more preoccupied
with what they are praying for rather than the one to whom they
When Ethelred the Saxon King of NORTHUMBERLAND invaded Wales He
saw a group of pious persons kneeling in prayer. He asked who
they were and what they were doing. When informed that they were
harmless Christians praying for their land, he ordered them
executed exclaiming: "They are my most powerful foes."
I.HIS SUPREME DELIGHT (Vss. 1 - 5)
His supreme delight was the Father's glory. Jesus glorified the
Father by doing the work He sent Him to do, John 1:14. We are to
glorify Him in the same way. "As my Father hath sent me..." (Vs.
18). To God, glory means character. To man, it means
prominence, prestige, preeminence and praise.
Jesus was a living embodiment of Colossians 3:32.
Jesus now wants the Father to glorify Him as He was before
creation in order that His glory might be manifested through His
His character was even more misunderstood. Christ revealedHis
Vs. 10 - Believers are given to Christ by the Father. Believers
give Christ glory by serving the Father.
1. Joy (Vs. 13)
2. A ...
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