Let’s look at three times the Lord Jesus said the words, “The hour has come.”
All three times took place in the last week leading up to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our sins.
Sometimes people say, regarding an event they are anticipating, “This will be our finest hour.”
Each time Jesus used these words, he was referring to his time of suffering at the hands of men and his sacrifice and death on the cross. He did not call it his finest hour, but he came from Heaven to Earth for this purpose of giving his life for our sins.
All three times are accompanied by prayer of Jesus, which is an indication of the consistent and unbroken fellowship of Jesus with his father.
In two of the three times, Jesus refers to glory or honour being the result of “The Hour” that had come.
In addition, in two of the times he spoke of being troubled about this time of suffering and death he was going to endure.
In the Bible, in John 12:23, Jesus said, “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.”
Chapter 12 starts by stating it was six days before the Passover. Further down the chapter, in verse 12, it says, “on the next day” — or five days before the Passover. The suffering on the cross was before the Lord.
Jesus spoke of a corn of wheat falling into the ground and dying and the result of that is a new plant with life.
Verse 27 shows us that Jesus knew all about what was ahead for him in suffering and death on the cross in that he spoke of being troubled. It was this that was meant by him saying, “for this cause came I unto this hour.”
The prayer of Jesus that is connected to this is found in verse 28, where Jesus prays, “Father, glorify Thy name.”
So we can see that both the Father and the Son are glorified as the result of the work of Jesus on the cross.
Verse 32 tells us it is God’s desire for all people to be drawn to the one who was lifted up on the cross as Saviour and Lord.
Verse 33 says, “this he said signifying what death he should die.”
In John 17:1, when Jesus was on his way to the Garden of Gethsemane, he stopped at some point and prayed what is recorded in chapter 17.
The timing of this was in the night that he would soon be taken before the high priest.
He started in his prayer by addressing the father and saying, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.”
Once again, in connection with the hour, is the glory of the Father and the glory of the Son being the result.
This prayer of Jesus is the longest recorded prayer he prayed. There are times when it says that he had prayed long into the night, but those prayers are not recorded for us to read.
In this prayer, Jesus goes all the way back into eternity past as he speaks of being with the Father before the world was or existed. He prayed about the present needs of his disciples and of requests for the future blessing of the disciples.
In Mark 14:41, we read that Jesus spoke to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane about the hour that was come.
In the garden, he prayed three times, being in agony concerning what lay ahead for him. As he anticipated the cross and all that it involved, he was greatly troubled. He said to his disciples in verse 34, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death.”
“The hour is come” were his words. There was no turning back, but rather a willingness to die under the load of our sins.
Jesus loves us and was willing to go through that time of suffering and death.
Have you trusted him as your Saviour and Lord?
John Eggers is an elder in the assembly
that meets in Westsyde Gospel Hall in Kamloops.
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