Bible Passage:John 17:4
"I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do."
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Christ, our Lord, during His life upon earth glorified the Father by preaching and highly extolling His praise and glory of which there are testimonies to be found everywhere throughout the Gospels, where He continually teaches and glories that He was sent of the Father, and refers to the Father, and ascribes to the Father the whole of His life and all that He possesses or has power to do. Then He says; "I have finished the work which Thou hast given Me to do." If Thy glory, praise, and honor are to be proclaimed abroad, and declared by Me, then I must of necessity be buried in darkness and disgrace. For all the time He was doing the will of the Father by preaching and working signs and miracles, and was engaged in those works which were approved of God, and well-pleasing unto Him, the world was bitterly enraged against Him, and could not endure Him. And it was thus that He finished the work which was given Him to do. — And now, as Christ our Head prays, so ought we also who cling to Him pray, that He would glorify Himself in us. For as it was with Him on earth, so also it is with us; for His sake (when we glorify Him and exalt His name by our life and doctrine), we must submit to be loaded with disgrace and to be condemned to and punished with death. But that He might retain His honor and dignity, and defend His Word against vile defamation and blasphemous accusers, He must rescue us, and quite reverse the scene, making the world to be unjust and condemned to the deepest shame, while we are translated into glory and eternal life.
The sixth, when victory was won,
"Tis finished!" for Thy work was done.
Grant Lord, that onward pressing
We may the work Thou dost impose
Fulfill with Thine own blessing.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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