God’s Glory (John #59)

Text: John 17:1-5

Appointment with glory (vs 1)

  • The hour was something Jesus spoke about throughout his ministry.
    • Glorious victory over the world, flesh, and the devil
    • Reconciliation of sinners to their Holy Creator
    • Triumph of the righteousness of God
    • That hour was the hour of his crucifixion.
    • The promise was life eternal (Titus 1:2) which was about to become tangible.  The Lord Jesus is requesting the promised things become the completed things.
  • The honor
  • Time and place for glory
    • After the achievement
    • Athlete isn’t honored until there is an accomplishment
  • Medal of Honor
    • While stationed in the Philippines with the Army’s 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, Dirk Vlug was ordered to set up a roadblock on the Ormoc Road. On the morning of December 14, 1944, a group of heavily armed Japanese tanks barreled into the barricade and began ambushing a group of surprised American soldiers with heavy machine-gun fire. Vlug instinctively armed himself with a bazooka and six rounds of ammunition before charging at the tanks, rushing headfirst into a five-tanks-against-one-solider scuffle.  “Loading single-handedly, he destroyed the first tank, killing its occupants with a single round. As the crew of the second tank started to dismount and attack him, he killed 1 of the foe with his pistol, forcing the survivors to return to their vehicle, which he then destroyed with a second round. Three more hostile tanks moved up the road, so he flanked the first and eliminated it, and then, despite a hail of enemy fire, pressed forward again to destroy another. With his last round of ammunition he struck the remaining vehicle, causing it to crash down a steep embankment. Through his sustained heroism in the face of superior forces, Pfc. Vlug alone destroyed 5 enemy tanks and greatly facilitated successful accomplishment of his battalion’s mission.”
  • Conditional “If” – 2 Timothy 2:12-13
  • Christ in you the hope of glory – but not wishing the odds are in your favor type hope, this is an expectation; a joyful looking forward to glory
  • Before honor is humility
  • Glory and sacrifice – Romans 8:16-18
  • Inevitable honor in Philippians 2:9-11

Advancement of Glory (vss 2-3)

  • Multiplied advancement
    • The Father’s will was the salvation of sinner’s
  • Not my will but thine be done
  • Method of advancement
    • Power over all flesh
    • give eternal life

Accomplishment of Glory (vs 4)


  • Purpose of man
  • Jesus Christ accomplishes the purpose of every human being
    • Revelation 4:11
  • Problem of man
  • Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God

Abandonment of Glory (vss 5-6)

  • Jesus Christ left as Philippians 2 says it.
    • No reputation
    • Servant
    • Became man
    • Humbled himself
    • Obedient to death
      • When Air Florida Flight 90 smashed into a frozen lake in the middle of a snowstorm, all but six passengers were killed. Some 20 minutes later, a helicopter arrived to rescue the survivors.  After getting one man to safety, the helicopter threw a life-ring to Arland Williams… who immediately gave it to the passenger next to him.  When the helicopter came back for a third time, he did the same thing again. And again. When the helicopter came back a final time, Arland was dead.
    • Even death of the cross
    • Wherefore God hath highly exalted him