Why is Eternal Life the prize? Nothing in our world culture promotes the idea of eternity. We live in a culture that is focused on the now. Instant gratification of today dominates the way we eat, travel, are entertained and even how we are compensated for the things we do.
In Jesus time, men also struggled with eternal perspective. The Jewish community was not looking for a spiritual redeemer; instead, they were looking for an earthly king to free them from the bondage of Rome. Men were not analyzing their heart’s condition, they were focused on the condition of the government and their daily lives. Jesus knew that, and that is what made his final prayer before his arrest so poignant. He wanted only to complete the mission he undertook—to redeem what had been destroyed by sin. Not only did he want to save the people, He also wanted to restore the personal relationship between God and men. So this prayer to glorify the Father and restore eternal life was the reason he came.
It is still the reason today. He calls us to move away from the instant gratification mindset and into one of eternal perspective. We should live in a way to honor God and prepare for eternity with him. There will always be socioeconomic issues. The politics of the world will always be in disarray. But if we can grasp that the gift from God is freedom from the hold of this world and eternal life in heaven with him free from all of that—then we finally will experience the freedom he offers. Help me, Lord to live focused upon your eternal perspective.
God Bless You
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.
For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
I have brought you glory on earth by finishing 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.