TEXT: John 17:4-6: "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do..."
When we look at Jesus the Man, we see a person who had His own death before His eyes every day of His life. The saying, "Jesus was born to die," is very true. Most of us act as though this life is all there is and we live as though we have a never-ending supply of tomorrows. But, for Jesus, He knew that there was a set day and time when He would meet death -- when He would willingly give up His life as a sacrifice for others.
If we put ourselves in Jesus' shoes -- if someone were to tell us that we would be dead within the next 24 hours -- how would we respond? Many of us would be frantic, afraid, worried about the future, worried about those we are leaving behind, and regretful over bad choices and the sins of the past. But not Jesus.
We see in His prayer a wonderful calmness and a spirit of fearlessness despite what the future holds. The reason for this is not because of what is ahead of Him, but because of what is behind Him. Jesus tells God, "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." This simple and beautiful statement ought to be the goal of every Christian believer. You and I ought to want to be able to say those same words when we are facing our deaths, which means we must do two things that Jesus did in His life.
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