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The Hour Had Come
by David Thompson
Christ's hour had come. As you read through the fourth book of the New Testament, you will find the phrase, "My hour has not yet come." In John 2, He said it to His mother at the wedding in Cana. In John 7, He said it to His brothers that wanted Him to go to Jerusalem. Jesus knew it was not time to reveal Himself at the wedding and not to take a chance at being taken prisoner in Jerusalem. Jesus knew exactly what time it was. In chapter 17, it was time to finish His mission on earth.
The first five verses of chapter 17 serve as an introduction to one of Jesus' final prayers that we have access to. It gives us a view of His thinking just before He was arrested and taken before the high priest. In the introduction to this prayer Jesus lays out three things: How to bring glory to God, What eternal life means and What Jesus longs for after His time on earth is finished.
Jesus brought Glory to God by finishing the work that God had asked Him to do.
Eternal Life is knowing God through Jesus Christ. Eternal life requires entering into a personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ.
Jesus talks to His Father and asks that He be glorified back to the glory he had before the world began.
Besides these three things, Christ also states, "For you granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given Him." And all of this through five short verses. Christ's work on earth in human form was about finished, but His redeeming work of the world had only just begun.
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