1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.
Even in Jesus (who is God himself), I can easily recognize that His core agenda was to carry out the work the Father gave to Him. Reading this wonderful prayer delivered by Jesus as He draws near to His death, allows the follower to see deeply into the motives of the heart of the Savior.
It is my challenge and privilege to model Jesus’ dependent heart toward the Father, and to one day be able to declare with Him, “I have brought You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave me to do.”
Lord, today as I interact with the people around me; may my actions reflect the heart of my Savior – to bring You glory. Amen
Bill Francis, Pastor
Morello Hills Christian Church – Martinez