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John 17:1

“These words spake Jesus and lifting up his eyes to heaven and said, Father the hour is come.
Glorify thy Son that thy Son may glorify thee.”

The setting of the upper room had bee completed. Jesus had eaten the Passover supper with his disciples. After this He washed their feet and dismissed Judas to ‘quickly’ fulfill the task at hand. Then He instituted the Table of wine and unleavened bread and preached the oneness of the Father, the Son the Spirit and the seed. Having concluded these sayings He lifted up His eyes to heaven for the 11 disciples to see and spoke for them to hear, saying, “the hour is come”. He had come into this world in the ‘fullness of time’ being born of woman and made under the law (Gal.4:4) and in ‘due time’ or the exact time appointed, He would die for the ungodly (Roms. 5:6). But now He announces that this appointed time has come. This was the hour which He spoke of when the “dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live (John 5:25) in fulfillment of the vision of the valley of dry bones as seen by Ezekiel. These bones, when quickened by the Word of Jehovah were the whole house of the Israel of our God and Jesus said that time had come. This was the hour that the Son of man should be glorified (John 12:23) and for this cause, to be glorified and to glorify the Father, had He come into the world (5:27). And so “when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them to the end.” (13:1), He gathered them into the upper room for the events leading up to the glorious hour.

Time is a part of creation and God is not governed or restricted by it. He is above time and in complete control of it, and so when Jesus said that His time had come, He was completely aware of all that should transpire. He knew what events must needs take place. He knew when the events would happen and by whose hands each blow would come. He provided the spittle in the mouth of those who should spit on Him and the ridicule and hatred of those who should revile Him. All power was given unto Him over all flesh and there was not one thought, word or deed that was ordained from before the foundation of the world that would not come to pass. He also was in complete control over each actor in these events and had meticulously ordered each act to be performed in the precise sequence, to the prescribed manner and degree and for the exact purposed foreordained. He also knew that he was to be full of sorrow and heavy laden because He who knew no sin was to become the sin of His people. The cumulative sum of all the sin of His people was to become His sin and would be wreathed around His neck drawing Him down as the flood of waters overflowed Him. He would become weary of crying and His eyes would fail while He waited for His God but He also knew that in the acceptable time, in the multitude of His mercy God would hear Him in the truth of His salvation. (Ps. 69:13). Because of the oneness of the Father and the Son, who is Faithful and True, God did hear Him in the acceptable time and in the day of salvation He helped Him, preserved Him and gave Him for a covenant of the people. (Is 49:7f). And so, with the hour at hand (Matt. 26:45) He went forth to the garden and met His enemies in that same hour.

Earlier some had come to try and make Him King but His time had not come. This was not the prescribed manner in which He would be King, these were not His subjects and this was not His kingdom. Again some would take up stone to kill Him but His time had not come. This was not the ordained method of His death and these were not the wicked hands assigned to slay Him. But now all time had come to the fullness. Not one drop more could fit in the cup of the wrath of God, not one more grain into the basket and not one more second could elapse for the hour had come. Notice how He foretold the events to Peter. The rooster crows around the hour of dawn but any farmer will tell you that it is not the same time every day and many are not sure what makes them crow. But Jesus said that the rooster, who crows at the command of God, would not crow until Peter had denied Him three times.

No son of Adam can imagine the anticipation and curiosity of an event about to happen. This second Adam entered into these events with the confidence of the sovereign God and for the joy that was set before Him. He knew that “in that day” He alone would be glorified (Is. 2:11), that He, the Branch, would be made beautiful (4:2) that the remnant will be stayed upon Him (10:20) that the root of Jesse shall come forth and recover the remnant of His people (11:10f) that the glory of Jacob should be made thin and wax lean, the fortified cities shall be abandoned and Egypt be made afraid like a woman (17:4,9; 19:16). He also knew of the judgment of God which He would endure and which He would measure out against the wick of the world.

The words of the preacher, being Solomon the King of peace, state that there is not only a time for every purpose under heaven (Ecc. 3:1) but a purpose for every time (8:6). Therefore the time had come to fulfill the purpose of God in the bruising of His Servant and the redemption of His people as well as the purpose for the time in which it should be accomplished. Both have been designated by the will of God and enacted by the power of that same will. Not one iota of the purpose was neglected or one second of the time forfeited for all had come to pass. By the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, the Lamb had come to the time that he should, in fulfillment of every jot and tittle of the Law, be delivered up and taken by wicked hands and slain for the sin of His chosen people. God, who had called these things completed before time had begun was no, in the fullness of time, manifesting what had been established firm and sure. The heavens kept silent for about a half an hour as Lord of glory, glorified the Father, was glorified of the Father and glorified His seed in Him with the same glory. These are the vessels of honour afore prepared unto the glory of the children within that have been cleansed of all leaven and made acceptable in the beloved.

All that the Father had given unto the Son had been given unto the children and they received it. The Son had given eternal life unto the seed by the sacrifice of His life that they may know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He had sent. he manifested the name of Jehovah unto this chosen few and had given them His Word which is the light and the life of the world, and then, He prayed for them.

The God of all creation, the Lord over all flesh and the Master of the universe prayed for His people. He did NOT pray for the world and He never will. Let every missionary group rant on about how He came to save the world from sin He did not. His name is Jesus for He saved His people from their sin and no one else. He made intercession for them according to the will of the Father because “THEY ARE THINE”. What joy and peace and comfort is afforded to the poor stranger traveling in the wilderness of this world when the Spirit causes him to know that he has been represented before the throne of grace by his elder brother and savior Jesus Christ to the praise and glory of God.

Each and every second of every moment of every day is precisely set forth and cannot be altered by the hand of the Sovereign God. That same hand is where His people find peace and hope because He is in absolute control of all things.

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 19, 2011