HOST: Ron House
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
Over the next three days, we will consider the prayer offered by Jesus in the upper room. It is a beautiful prayer to God concerning the events that are to come and the effect that those events will have on His followers. In this first part of the prayer, Jesus prays for Himself, but the focus of His thoughts is not really on Him, but on His Father. His desire at this moment is what it has always been—for God to be glorified and for His will to be accomplished. Jesus has spent His entire life glorifying God and now, in His death, His desire and intent are no different. His prayer for Himself is simply that through Him God’s will and plan will be accomplished, and that God will be glorified. At this point in His life, the humility and commitment to God’s purpose that Jesus displays is remarkable. Knowing the agony, suffering, and humiliation that stands before Him, He continues to put God’s will and plan before His own human emotions. What a great lesson for us to learn from the Master Teacher!
How was God glorified through the death of Christ?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!