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Wrapped in Splendor

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Introducing the glory of the "High Priestly Prayer".

Text: John 17:1
Date: 01/05/2020, the Traditional service.
Series: "John: Encountering Love" Part 160

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As soon as Jesus finished His Upper Room Discourse, He launched into what is known as His "High Priestly Prayer". We will explain why it is called that in this introductory message focusing on just the first verse. Although there are aspects of this prayer we can emulate, it stands as a majestic and unique prayer between the Son and the Father of the Triune God, and is therefore a window into their relationship. We will wrestle with-- but hopefully come to understand, the paradox of how the Cross brought glory to both Jesus and His Father. Ultimately we will soar with the beauty of these high and lofty words and thrill to the knowledge that Jesus has brought glory to His Father and at the same time, wrapped all who call Him Lord in the splendor of His holiness.

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I. Introduction, Psa. 104:1-4.
II. Exposition of the text, John 17:1.
A. Context, John 16:33.
B. The prayer for the splendor of God.
1. Setting the tone of the prayer.
a. A close connection with the discourse, John 16:25.
b. Eyes lifted to heaven.
i. Praying with eyes open, Psa. 123:1.
ii. Prayers directed Heavenward.
2. Praying to His Father.
a. Addressed to "Father".
i. What we can and cannot emulate, Matt. 6:12-13.
ii. How we are to address God, Matt. 6:9.
iii. Our access is through Christ, Gal. 4:6, John 16:23.
b. Considering the circumstances, John 16:32.
i. "Never alone".
ii. Facing the Cross.
3. The eschatological hour.
a. The Providence of God, Eccl. 3:1, John 16:28.
b. The fulfillment of all Old Testament prophecies and Types, 1Pet. 1:10-12.
4. The prayer for glory.
a. The paradox of glory.
b. Glory to the Son.
i. Defining "glorify".
ii. Splendor in the way He bore the Cross, Isa. 53:6,7.
iii. Splendor in the ability to withstand the Cross.
iv. Splendor in what He accomplished, John 19:30.
v. Splendor in His Resurrection.
vi. Splendor in His Ascension and Coronation, Eph. 5:27.
c. Glory to the Father.
i. Focus on the Father, John 7:18, 14:9,11, 10:30.
ii. God is glorified by our loving hearts, Luke 15:7.
III. Application
IV. Conclusion, 2Cor. 8:9.

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