My Hour Of Glory Has Come, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
Universal time is measured in seconds. There are 60 seconds in a minute, and there are 60 minutes in an hour. Invariably, when we talk about the hour of a thing, what we are saying in essence is that the time or season for that thing to happen has come.
On this wise, we are talking about glory. Glory is something that has to do with God. Though God can rub off His glory on an individual, yet it is one of the things that God will not share with anyone. Even, if that glory rubs on an individual, it has to be returned to God again, otherwise it will either be taken away, or the person himself taken away altogether.
Glory can be defined as being magnified, given honour or be shown as worthy.
Joshua. God magnified Joshua when they crossed the Jordan River.
Elisha. God magnified Elisha when he crossed the Jordan River back as well.
For every child of God, there is a hour of glory, both here on earth and as one goes into afterlife. The believer must be sensitive and discerning to know this hour while living as it may not be repeated if missed.
– King Saul terminated his hour of glory because of his insensitivity (the people beclouded him).
Jesus as a Son of Man was filled with great wisdom. He knew exactly when His hour of glory was.
In John 2:1-11, at the wedding of Cana in Galilee, His earthly mother was going to announce His glory, but no. Jesus made her to understand that the hour hasn’t come.
John 2:3-4 – And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
So He did it secretly
John 2:9 – When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was:(but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
How I knew it’s all about His hour of glory.
John 2:11 – This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
In John 7: 1-11, the bible tells us more about Jesus and the hour of His glory. His brothers were pressuring Him to go to Jerusalem and the Judea region so that His worth or glory might be known. But Jesus continue to dwell in quietness in Galilee.
You will not experience glory before its hour in Jesus name.
Joseph suffered 13 years for it. You will not suffer for what should be with ease.
When the Feast of Tabernacle came (camp) x2 (harvest & exodus), Jesus’ clan men saw it as a good time to get Jesus to go and proof Himself in the open, so they told Him to go to Jerusalem as the whole nation will be present, yet Jesus said His hour for that had not come. So He went to the Feast secretly without an entourage.
John 7:1-11 – After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews ‘feast of tabernacles was at hand. His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him. Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come:but your time is alway ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go ye up unto this feast:I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.
But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?
When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, about the mid of the Feast, He entered the Temple and began to teach. It wasn’t long before the Jews figured out that He was the one. So they planned to kill Him, but they couldn’t because again, His hour of that glory had not come.
John 7:28-30 – Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am:and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him:for I am from him, and he hath sent me. Then they sought to take him:but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
– If anyone is planning your departure from planet earth. I decree that the hour has not come.
However in Mathew 26: 17-18, as the first day of the Unleavened Bread began, Jesus told His disciples to make preparation for a special get together dinner as the hour for His glorification was near.
Matthew 26:17-18 – Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
It as about this time, in John 17:1-5, Jesus began to speak to His Father that His hour of glory has finally come; that His Father should glorify Him, so that His life in turn will glorify God.
John 17:1-5 – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth:I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Jesus died in corruptible body and raised in incorruptible body. A bad part of you dies today. Your best part comes alive.
Jesus lived for less than 34 years, in those years, His life brought glory and honour to God, that was why He could ask that God should glorify Him.
Within those years:
Jesus revealed His Father to all He met; (the kingdom of God is like…)
Honour His Father before all; (pray, ask, thanked)
Direct every attention and focus to His Father (don’t call me good)
How many of these have we done?
Jesus brought glory to His father by accepting to come and die on the cross.
The cross was a emblem of shame and reproach. Jesus however did His Father’s will regardless (John 4:34; 6:38; 5:19,30).
John 4:34 – Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
No one has seen God the Father before, except Jesus who is God the Son. Jesus gave glory to God by showing us the attribute of God in flesh.
He demonstrated God’s love; mercy; compassion; holiness; power; grace; wisdom; etc (Mt. 9:8; palsy man).
Matthew 9:8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
When Jesus was saying the prayers in John 17:1-5, He was expressing some of His last words to His Father. He was informing His Father that He had finished His work and therefore glory is sure.
Just like when we go to work and completed our contracted hours and therefore expect a wage. Jesus had been busy with the Father’s business right from the age of twelve till the end. So that He was able to ask for glorification at the end of same.
Jesus had a very lowly background when He came to earth (manger, carpenter, dedication, growing no fees, etc), it was very important that He was glorified therefore as the Son of God as He round up His stay.
– Your background was nothing to write about, your hour of glory is however starting now.
It could be said that the primary drive of Jesus is to show forth the glory of God and later return back to the glory He had before coming.
John 7:14-18 – Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory:but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Jesus also talked about His second coming after the Great Tribulation. That it will show the glory and power of God upon His life.
Mark 13:25-26 – And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
It is interesting that even from the cross, God began to glorify His Son (thunders/lighting, the dead in Christ resurrected, the veil of the Holy of hollies torn, His resurrection about 72 hours (His body did not see corruption like ours), move about in glorious body, Ascension in bodily form, etc).
Matthew 28:18 – And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Philippians 2:9-11 – Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
A man that understood the importance of the glory of God and desires it upon His life will become exceptional. Such a person will definitely be distinct.
Many things we chase in life, the best to go after though is the glory of God!
It was what distinguished the life of Moses.
It was what distinguished the life of David.
Same for Daniel, Shedrach, Meshack and Abednego. They became special because they understood this.
What is the passion that drives your life? Could it be success? Fear? Work? Family? Money? Material possession? Adventure? Position and Power? Sport? Eye service? Anger? Downfall of others? Etc. This will be the hour you will be craving for, you might get a bit of it, sadly none of them last forever.
I watched a movie some years ago titled ‘Glorified’. Main actor was Richard Mofe-Damijo. God kept calling on him, that He would like to use him for His own glory, but he kept giving excuses. At a time, he actually told God ‘You will wait forever!’ At that point, God withdrew His protection from him. Before he knew it, he was in prison for what he didn’t do. He eventually still had to use his life to glorify God the hard way.
If you are self-centred or self-indulging, you may not experience that hour of glory I’m talking about, because you will use it to boast in your self. God wants people who can sacrifice their lives for His glory and He in turn will glorify them.
As I round up, there is this revelation about Jesus as He got back to heaven after the work of redemption. The Angels were so shocked that He could do that for man.
So Gabriel asked Him, “Master, Now that your work is finished, what plans have you made so that the truth you died for will continue?”
Jesus said, “I have chosen some disciples to carry on the work”.
Gabriel further asked, “Are there any other plans other than that Sir?”
Jesus said, “I already taught them about the kingdom, about how to obtain the faith to enter and how to help others to enter. I also gave them all the necessary powers to be able to do so”.
Gabriel said, “Hm, Master, knowing fully well what men are, you must have an alternative plan, if they fail?”
Jesus said, “We have no other plan, we can only count on them now”.
This is heavy! Supposing you are the only believer in the town where you live, what will happen to your faith? Will it Die? Just struggle to abide? or Grow?
What will happen to the kingdom of God there? Only in your heart? Or spread all over?
Are you willing to let the glory of God shine through you? Only then will God make your hour of glory to commence.
Someone is here, you are saying that I’m going through stuff, how then can I allow the glory of God in my life. What are you going through? God can still demonstrate His glory in you.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
John 11:3-4 – Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Psalms 3:3 – But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
God saved David from several deadly situations and from gang ups.
What do you want God to lift your head from?
– Failure, poverty, pain, illness, fruitless effort, valley of life, disappointment, prevailing hand of the enemy, etc. God will save you too in Jesus name.
Father, make me an eternal excellence and a joy to many generations.
Father, let my life be filled with radiance and beauty all my days.
Every form of sin hindering the fullness of my glory be wiped off by the blood of Jesus.
Father, do glorious things in my life and with my life this year in Jesus name.
Father, let the hour of my glory begin now.
Almighty Father, let your glory distinguish me in life.
Almighty Father, as darkness could not comprehend Jesus glory, do not let any darkness overshadow my glory.
Almighty Father, let nations be attracted to your glory in me.
The sermon My Hour Of Glory Has Come, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye was delivered on March 13, 2016