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. (John 17:1-5)
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:35-36)
We have now observed how Jesus related to his countrymen, the religious establishment, and his His disciples during Passion Week. Today, we focus on how Jesus related to His Father. The two passages presented above, capture Jesus talking to His Father shortly before His crucifixion. We are fortunate to get front row seats to intimate conversations. There are certainly lessons here about Prayer, Worship, Stewardship, and other Disciplines. What is really exciting though, is the visible model of a relationship with our heavenly Father that all believers should yearn for.
Please read the passages and answer the questions below.
- The passages tell us a lot about how Jesus related to His father. What stands out for you?
- What lessons can you incorporate into your life?