Glory and Joy

This past Saturday (July 4th) I was blessed with the opportunity to preach from John17 as we are making our way through John’s Gospel at the senior community.  I have so appreciated what I have taken from John’s Gospel and I am excited about the fruit that it is bearing through the ministry there.

John 17 is a beloved passage for many Christians. Here Jesus prays for His disciples and He is appealing to the
Father to empower all that He has said to them on the preceding
chapters (13-16) and as we listen in on that prayer He is telling us
what He desires the fruit of that teaching and praying to be.

  • He begins
    with Glory, for Himself to be glorified in accomplishing God’s plan of
    redemption and in turn that the Father would be glorified through Him.
  • Then that the joy that He put into redeeming men from sin would fill
    them and reflect back to the Father.

    • The Westminster Shorter Catechism
      states this clearly in its first question and answer; “What is the
      chief end of man?” “Mans chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him
      forever.” Jesus heartily agrees with this sentiment as He prays not
      only for the eleven disciples who were there that day, but (vs 20) for
      all those who would believe in Him through their word.
  • He prays also for our unity as we receive what He has given us through His great suffering as we trust in Him and His work on  the Cross as God’s plan for the redemption of sinful man
    • What do we have that we did not receive? If all that we have is from Him, how can we be divided?
  • And that this would cause the Word to go out into the world and that they would then know that it was from God.

If we want to know what God’s will is for our lives we must begin here, with Jesus’ prayer for His disciples (not just the eleven, but all who trust in Him as God’s Messenger and the Savior that He has sent into the world.)

I pray that as you listen you are inspired to glorify God and rejoice in what He has accomplished on behalf of all whom He has given to His Son and who He also keeps by His own power. What a wonderful and benevolent God we have!

Audio of this message is available on the following websites; on the Sermons Page
Glory and Joy – John 17
Glory and Joy – John 17

In Christ!

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