Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Prayer of Christ
1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
John 17:1-5, New King James Version
Prayer of Christ
A few times in the New Testament we are given glimpses of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. Such is the case in this prayer of Christ from John 17. The hour has come when Christ will give up His life to save a people for himself. In Christ's prayers, glory is always given to the Father. Even when He asks God to glorify the Son, it is so that He, the Son, may glorify the Father.In so doing He also acknowledges that it is God who has given Him authority over all men.
In verse 3 above, Christ makes a rather interesting statement. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. There is so much more to being a Christian that just being a Christian! As Christians, we are to know God and to know the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not enough for us to just know that God is real, but we have the privilege of developing a personal relationship with both the Father and the Son, a personal relationship that will never end!
Then, Christ states, I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. Christ finished the work that had to be done to purchase salvation for His people. How can we ever praise and glorify Him enough? How can we ever comprehend this great love of God for His people?
And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. Stop and read that sentence over again. The Lord Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our salvation was also the Creator of our world. Look at the glory and majesty He left to come to this earth as a lowly man who would be despised and rejected.
Think of this prayer of Christ as you go about the duties of this day.
*Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood
Sealed my pardon with His blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior.
God Bless You,
* Words to the song were written by Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778.