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The hour had come

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 9 months ago | 311 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

John 17 is the great priestly prayer that Jesus prayed for Himself and for His followers, including us, before He went to the cross.  He begins the prayer by saying, “Father, the hour has come.”  We know which hour He had in mind.  He was looking toward the hour of His passion, the betrayal, the arrest, the mock trial, the ridicule, the torture, and ultimately the cross where He would make the perfect sacrifice by laying down His life for His own.  He was not looking eagerly toward that hour because of the physical pain.  But likely His greater concern was becoming sin, which He had never known, and the separation from His Father, which He had never known.  But that was the hour for which He had been born.  It would be the hour in which He would be glorified.

He had waited for that hour.  When He was at the wedding early in His ministry, His mother had come to Him when the wine ran out.  He said to her at that time, “My hour has not yet come.”  It wasn’t the time yet for His glorification. 

Later in His ministry, many were seeking to arrest Him but John records that no one laid a hand on Him because His hour had not yet come.  In another instance, He taught in the temple but no one arrested Him because His hour had not yet come.

He told His disciples at one point that when the hour came, they would remember the things He had told them.  Sadly, He told them that when the hour came, they would be scattered and leave Him alone.

When He made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem before His passion week, He said, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.”  Then He talked of His death.  He said His soul was troubled and asked if He should say, “Father, save Me from this hour.”  But He added, “for this purpose I have come to this hour.”  It was the hour the Father had appointed from the beginning.

John later records that Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

Throughout His ministry, He had looked toward that hour when He would lay down His life and glorify His Father.  It would also be the hour when He would be glorified as He submitted Himself to His Father’s will.  What would be included in the hour would be His glorious resurrection which we will celebrate on Sunday.

May we rejoice that He faced that hour with confidence and never turned away.  May we praise Him for His supreme act of humility and sacrifice.  May we thank Him for the salvation He procured for us.  May we look forward to our own resurrection when He comes for us.  May we deny ourselves and follow Him.



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