Jesus said, “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”

John 17:4

This is a truly remarkable statement of anticipation! Jesus uses the past tense, as if, in his mind’s eye, the horrors of Calvary are behind him, ‘having accomplished the work’. Does this help us to better understand his determination in Gethsemane? He always knew that his Father’s will would be done. It was never in doubt. Earlier he’d used the same word when talking to his disciples, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work’ (Jn.4: 34). That which he anticipated in this prayer, was completed when he cried on the cross, ‘It is finished’’.

Daily Reading: Isaiah 19