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We have journey through much of the Gospel of John this year—not verse by verse, but nonetheless, I think that we have been in this glorious Gospel enough to see its purpose (to make Jesus known so that He would be known by others). Today, we find ourselves in John 17. It’s a prayer. In a sense we are eavesdropping, through the miracle of the inspiration of Holy Scripture, on the prayer life of Jesus. There is another prayer that we refer to the Lord’s prayer. You know the one. It begins, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name…” But, here in John 17 is another model prayer. As one said, “John 17 gives us a glimpse into the heart of Jesus unlike any other chapter in the four Gospels.” (Gary Burge, NIV Application Commentary, 458)
There is a natural curiosity, even skepticism, among many people about the idea of a physical, bodily resurrection at the return of Christ. How is the resurrection body going to work? Paul points out in this passage that nature already bears witness to resurrection truths. For instance, seeds growing into plants bears witness to the Lord's power to transform physical bodies. Creatures in nature give witness to the potential for different bodies for different purposes. Also, the heavenly bodies (e.g. sun, moon, stars) bear witness to the principle of different degrees of glory for different kinds of bodies. All of these illustrations point to the fact a bodily resurrection is not so farfetched. For, the resurrection body will not simply be a resuscitated corpse. Instead, the Lord will transform the bodies of those who are in Christ. These new kinds of bodies will be suitable for a new kind of life in the coming age. These bodies will be imperishable, glorious, not limited by inability, and supernatural. The pattern and source for this new life is Christ Himself. Given that Paul has made such an effort to explain the bodily resurrection, it stands to reason that your body matters. God made people with physical bodies, and they are an essential part of the divinely designed human experience. So, take care of your natural body, since it is a temple and a vessel for the Lord. Ask yourself, is your physical condition an asset or liability to God's will in your life? If it is a liability, is there anything you can do about that? Also, look forward to your resurrection body. Pain reminds us that we are alive, but not as alive as we're going to be after the resurrection. Be comforted by this truth and spurred on to live with an eternal perspective.
In this sermon we see that Jesus is Lord over creation and deserving of awe.
Christian talks about the Glory of God brought out by Psalm 8. We are reminded that through everything around is in nature and history we are able to experience how God glorifies himself.
God shows Himself to us through nature and through His Word. This revelation still speaks today and we need to listen to what He is saying.
When God Speaks
The beauty and brilliance of a diamond is most clearly seen against a black backdrop. Amid the darkness of God’s judgment upon our sin, our Savior shines all the more brilliantly.
Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.