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
- 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