The Glorified Christ
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. – John 17:1-5
“Father, the time has come.” Those who heard this prayer had no idea of the impact this time would have on the world. The most significant event in the entire history of man was about to take place, and it had been on God’s calendar from the beginning. We can almost hear the passion in his voice as he cries, “Father, the time has come.”
Paul, in writing to the Ephesians spoke of this time when he wrote, “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:4). Peter spoke of this time in 1 Peter 1:20, “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”
What was this time that had come? It was the time when the Lamb of God would be sacrificed once and for all for all the sins of mankind. In Revelation 13:8 John wrote that he was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Hebrews 10 records, “Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.”… And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (v9-10). Yes, the time had come and the final sacrifice for sin was about to be made. This divine sacrifice would be made once and its effect would be felt by all men of all time for all of eternity.
The result of the sacrifice of Christ is this: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17).
Prayer: Thank you father for that sacrifice of all sacrifices.
Principle: The time had come and the final sacrifice for sin was about to be made. This divine sacrifice would be made once and its effect would be felt by all men of all time for all of eternity.
Affirmation: I have embraced Christ, the Lamb of God, sacrificed for the sins of all mankind. Just as he was the lamb slain from the foundations of the world I have been chosen in him since before time.
Reflection: Some very powerful concepts are addressed in this devotion which merit some very serious consideration. First is the concept of Christ being the sacrificial lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Second is the concept that the sins of the entire world, for all time, were cleansed through the shedding of his blood. And finally; all who would become believers were chosen in Him from the foundation of the world. Think on these things.
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