Jesus Praying For Himself
February 5, 2012
Introduction: In John 17 this prayer is divided into three main sections: Jesus prays for Himself (1-5), then for His disciples (6-19), and finally for future believers, all those who will believe on Him through the disciples' witness (20-26).
"This part of the prayer is often said to be Jesus' prayer for himself. As he prays that he may be glorified (vv.1,5) there is perhaps something in this. But this is not prayer 'for' himself in the way we usually understand this. Since his glorification is to be seen in the cross it is a prayer rather that the Father's will may be done in him. If we do talk about this as Jesus' prayer for himself we should at least be clear that there is no self-seeking in it."
Jesus' prayer was all about His supreme passion for the glory of God. The cross displayed God's glory like no other event in history, revealing His righteousness, justice, and holiness in requiring the precious blood of His Son, a lamb unblemished and spotless as a propitiation for His holy wrath against sin. The cross demonstrated His grace, mercy, and love in the sending of His only Son to die for the sins of the utterly undeserving. What God has accomplished in Jesus Christ displays both the justice and love of God because God's holiness is vindicated in the cross, while at the same time His love is displayed in the willing and glad sacrifice of His Son.
The cross further displayed God's power as He defeated sin, death, and Satan.
The cross also made clear the wisdom of God's eternal plan of redemption.
Listen as the text speaks:
I. THE SOVEREIGN POWER OF HIS FATHER. 2-3
A. HIS POWER. 2
God our Father has given Jesus (God the Son) authority to grant life eternal.
John 1:12, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name"
It is on the basis of the "finished work" th ...
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