Did you know Jesus prayed for Himself before He was crucified? Yes, He prayed for Himself, His disciples, and for all believers before He died for us. Today I want to focus on the prayer Jesus prayed for Himself. What He prays is beautiful and it is clear that He knew what His purpose was and that He knew His time had come. As you can see in the above verse, Jesus also made the definition of eternal life very clear.
Here is the prayer Jesus prayed for Himself before he was brutally executed:
“After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”
That last line is especially amazing to me! Jesus was with God before the world began! That is what the beginning of the Book of John talks about!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.”
Jesus is the Word! He is God in human flesh! That is why He prayed, “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” Our Creator died for us, so we could be in Heaven with Him forever! That is mighty!
Jesus has authority over all people, so He can give us eternal life! Jesus is our eternal life! His prayer was answered too when He was crucified, dead and buried, rose back to life on the third day, and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father! He was most definitely glorified in the Father’s presence just as He had prayed! Amen!
Jesus loves you and that is why He died for you. Don’t ever forget that! There is no fear in coming to Jesus. His perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18)!
Grace and peace to you all!
I took the above photo with the flowers while sitting at a red light on the way to pick up my kids from school yesterday. God’s beauty is everywhere! God bless you all!