THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
LESSON FORTY-ONE

Tonight we are going to be looking at the prayer Jesus prayed before going to the Garden of Gethsemane. This
prayer was for his disciples who were with him at that time, and also for all the disciples who followed him, we
included.   

John 17:1-5
    1.   These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy
          Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
    2.   As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
    3.   And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
    4.   I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
    5.   And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world
          was.

    [A]
Verse one - These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come;
            glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
            [1] These words spake Jesus
                    [a] This referred to the words that Jesus had addressed to his disciples in the preceding chapters.  
                    [b] They were the words he gave them proceeding his going to the garden of Gethsemane.
                    [c] His words add much to this prayer he prayed in the stillness of the night, outside in the open air, in
                            the presence of his disciples
            [2] Jesus lifted his eyes to heaven
                    [a] Jesus looked up towards heaven where he addressed his Father
                    [b] Isn’t it interesting? Apparently Jesus did not shut his eyes when he prayed, he lifted them to up
                            towards heaven.
                            [1-a] What is the proper way to pray?
                            [2-a] What is the proper position?
                                    [a-1] Sitting
                                    [b-a] Lying face down before God
                                    [c-a] Eyes open – eyes shut
                                    [d-1] Kneeling
                                    [e-1] Standing
                                    [f-1] Walking
                                    [g-1] There is no proper position, instead, it is just important that we pray.
            [3] The hour is come
                    [a] What did Jesus mean by the hour is come?
                            [1-a] The hour of his suffering
                            [2-a] The hour to fulfill what he had come into the world to fulfill
                            [3-a] The hour to free the world from the clutches of Satan
                    [b] Jesus was about to offer himself for the sins of all mankind, as a sacrifice for our Sins
                            [1-a] What does his sacrifice mean to you?
                            [2-a] Why was it necessary for him to die?        
                            [3-a] Why did God choose to offer his only begotten son, instead of making us pay for our own
                                    sinful ways?
                            [4-a] Why was Jesus willing to suffer such pain and suffering when he knew that the majority of
                                    those he was dying for, would not appreciate it, or accept the gift he wanted to give them?
            [4] Then Jesus goes on to say - glorify thy Son
                    [a] How was Christ going to be glorified by dying?
                    [b] Through his death and resurrection God would show the world that Jesus was his Son.
                    [c] By asking God to glorify him, he was asking God to sustain him, and to manifest his power through
                            the death, resurrection, and ascension, of Jesus to show  undisputed  evidence that he was and is
                            the Son of God.
                            [1-a] That evidence was given, yet there were those then and those today who refuse to believe.
                            [2-a] Why is this so?
                            [3-a] How can anyone look at the evidence and still not believe?
            [5] That thy Son also may glorify thee.
                    [a] The hope and prayer of Jesus was for God the father to be glorified.
                    [b] How was the Father glorified?

    [B]
Verse two - As thou hast given him power over all flesh that he should give eternal life to as many as thou
            hast given him.
            [1] As thou hast given him power
                    [a] God sent Jesus into the world to be a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, yet Jesus was much more
                            than a sacrifice, for he was God in flesh, one third of the Godhead
                    [b]
Matthew 28:18-20
                            18. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in
                                  earth.
                            19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the
                                  Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
                            20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you
                                  alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

                                    [1-a] God gave Jesus all power.
                                    [2-a] That power he passed on to his disciples commissioning them to continue the work that
                                            he had started
                                    [3-a] That power God the Father had given God the Son, included his giving eternal life to all
                                            who believed in him and followed his teaching
                                    [4-a] That power also includes the power to cast all who refuse to believe into an everlasting
                                            eternal hell
            [2] Power over all flesh
                    [a] His power was over all man, over every living being
            [3] That he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him        
                    [a] All who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved
                    [b] Satan cannot snatch anyone from the hand of Jesus
                    [c] God has given Christ the power to save all who believe on him.

    [C]
Verse three - And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom
            thou hast sent.
            [1] And this is life eternal
                    [a] What Jesus is saying here, is that this is the source of eternal live
                    [b] There is but one way to obtain it.
            [2] that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent
                     [a] The only way to have eternal live is by knowing the only true God
                            [1-a] Knowing a God who is similar to the one true God is not sufficient
                            [2-a] Worshipping any God other then the one true God will not be accepted
                            [3-a] There are those who claim that all religions are worshipping the same God, is that so?
                                    [a-1] Is the God of the Muslims the same God as we worship?
                                    [b-1] Is the God of the Hindu the same God we worship?
                                    [c-1] Is the God of those who worship Idols the same God we worship?
            [3] Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
                    [a] Jesus came to bring attention to the one true God, he told his followers, if they seen him they had
                            seen the father
                    [b] Unless one believes in Jesus, they do not believe in the Father

    [D]
Verse four - I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
            [1] I have glorified thee on the earth
                    [a] Because of who he was, Jesus had a right to receive Glory
                    [b] Throughout his ministry, Jesus always attempted to give God the glory for everything.
            [2] I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
                    [a] Christ had done all the Father had expected him to do
                    [b] He had trained twelve me, and one of those betrayed him
                    [c] He had laid the foundation of the Gospel for others to preach
                    [d] He had taught and laid out the teaching God had sent him to teach
                    [e] He had finished his course, and the time of his departure was at hand
            [3] Questions
                    [a] What work had the Father given to us?
                    [b] When the time of our departure is at hand, will we be able to say, I have done all you have asked
                            me to do?
                    [c] Is everything you do, done to the glory of God?        

    [E]
Verse five - And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before
            the world was.
            [1] Gorify thou me with thine own self.
                    [a] Show the world your power through me
                    [b] Glorify yourself at my expense
                            [1-a] Are you willing to allow God to be glorified through yourself?
                            [2-a] Are you willing to face persecution and turmoil in order for God to be glorified?
                            [3-a] If it is God’s will that we suffer for him, are you willing to do so freely, with a cheerful heart,
                                    with praises on your lips.
                            [4-a] I am reminded of the many Christian martyrs who were killed for Jesus, and how they gave
                                    glory to God as they were dying, even as Jesus did.   
            [2] With the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
                    [a] Several things come to mind with this statement
                            [1-a] Jesus was with god before the creation
                            [2-a] It seems that he is saying, before we created this mess, everything was Peaceful, and indeed
                                    it was, for Satan is also a created being, and he created havoc in heave and continues to
                                    create havoc for God’s most precious creatures, man
                            [3-a] Christ is about to return to heaven to be with the father – there he will receive the same glory
                                    he had before he left.  
                    [b] Jesus has never received the glory due him by the people here on earth.
                            [1-a] Instead of honoring him and giving him glory – we crucified him
                            [2-a] Instead of honoring his name and praising him, we use his name in Profanity
                            [3-a] Instead of giving glory to Christ, we seek if for ourselves
                            [4-a] Instead of praising Jesus for what he had done, we seek praise for ourselves for what we do
                            [5-a] Instead of yearning for the things Christ had offered, we yearn for the things the world offer
                            [6-a] Instead of laying up treasures in heaven, we lay them up here on earth.
                            [7-a] Instead of getting our highs from the Spirit of God, we seek them in a bottle or from drugs
                            [8-a] The list could go on and on