Our Lord prayed as a man and as the Mediator of his people; yet he spoke with majesty and authority, as one with and equal to the Father. Eternal life could not be given to believers unless Christ, their Surety, both glorified the Father and was glorified of him. This is the sinner’s way to eternal life, and when this knowledge shall be made perfect, holiness and happiness will be fully enjoyed. The holiness and happiness of the redeemed are especially those glories of Christ and of his Father, which was the joy set before him, for which he endured the cross and despised the shame; this glory was the end of the sorrow of his soul, and in obtaining it he was fully satisfied. Thus, we are taught that our glorifying God is needed as evidence of our interest in Christ, through whom eternal life is God’s free gift.
Heavenly Father, I place before your throne these petitions to be heard and, if it is your will, brought to fruition in the lives of your children. Before your son, Yeshua ascended, he left the flocks, a new commandment. They were to love each other for Christ’s sake and according to his example, seeking what might benefit others, and promoting the cause of the gospel, as one body, animated by one soul. His commandment appears new to many professors. I ask, Lord, to open their eyes to Yeshua’s words so it does not appear they do not love one another, causing suspicion of their sincerity. In Yeshua’s name, I pray Amen and Amen.
Robert, a humble, obedient servant of Yeshua and his Father in heaven, Yahweh.