“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” (john 17.4-5)

It is interesting to observe that Jesus regards his redemptive mission as a loving gift from the Father and not at all as an unwelcome burden.

Balge, R. D., Balge, R., Ehlke, R. C., & Inter-Lutheran Comission on Worship. (1999, c1989). Sermon studies on the Gospels : (ILCW series A) (electronic ed.) (210). Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House.
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