The second in the ‘The greatest prayer ever prayed’ series of message.
Surrendering one’s life to the cause of following Jesus has been in the past and continues to be today a major challenge, as it poses a variety of questions, feelings and emotions that can often result in procrastination, delay and even rejection of Christ’s beckoning call to follow.
I have heard many responses over the years from “Why should I follow Jesus? “I’m not lost”, “I don’t need saving!” “I am a good person I give to charity” Many over the years have rejected whether Jesus alone has the authority to gain humanities entry into Heaven, some have labelled Jesus a fake and the Christian church a waste of time. Some have decided to place their trust and confidence in what they determine to be a god in their own eyes.
However, this morning through this incredible prayer in verse 2 and 3 Jesus outlines the divine authority given to him by his Father to 1) have dominion over all flesh, 2) Offer eternal life to all through his impending death, burial and resurrection 3) To restore humanity back to God by dispelling the power of sin that caused separation from the Father.
Power/Authority over every human – Verse 2A
- Jesus has the keys to the Kingdom (Matt 16:19)
- Jesus has the absolute authority given by the father to judge the living and the dead by his appearing and his kingdom (2 Timothy 4:1)
- To all who believe in Christ and obey his words, the Kingdom doors are swung wide open. (John 3:16)
- It is not Gods will for any to perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:8-10)
Everyone is welcome, but everyone may not take up the invitation – Verse 2B
- Despite Gods unconditional love for everyone, some will see no need for a saviour.
- Eternal damnation is not Gods will for any human being, but a reality for those who reject Jesus Christ as saviour. (Matt 25:41 & 2 Thess 1:7-9)
How to receive Eternal Life? – Verse 3
- The basis of salvation is our belief in Jesus (Acts 16:31)
- Peter’s first sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:37-38)
- Good works are not enough (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- No sin or circumstance of life is beyond the reach of Salvation (Luke 5:32
Theme: Is Jesus in charge of your life?
Reading: John 17 v 2 – 3
Led by: Richard Sills
Preacher: Nathan Gordon