SELF-IMMOLATION

When Jesus prayed the great prayer recorded in the seventeenth chapter of John's Gospel, it is noticeable that he began by glorifying the Christ, the Son of God. We read, "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee."

This prayer was the prelude to a great spiritual experience. Jesus was shortly to be unjustly accused, unlawfully tried, and cruelly crucified. The attempts of his enemies to destroy him were rendered void by his understanding of God, the Father, to whom his prayer before the crucifixion was addressed.

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