Shepherd's Cross Christian Helps Ministry
(1 Corinthians 12:28)

Following in the footsteps of the Acts of the Apostles, written by St. Luke, Shepherd's Cross Christian Helps Ministry exists by the grace of God to further the first century Apostolic tradition serving in the Great Commission.

(St. Matthew 28:16-20)

The Prayer Of Jesus To His Father In The Gospel Of John Chapter 17 A Reflection

And This Is Eternal Life That They Know You The Only True God, And Jesus Christ Whom You Have Sent.” (John 17:3)

Pensées On The Prayer Of Jesus To His Father Recorded In The Gospel Of John Chapter 17

An Introduction

When disciples of Israel’s true Messiah returned from what we would commonly refer to today, in the United States, as a Revival Evangelistic Crusade, to testify on behalf of the Lord Jesus, as the true Messiah prophesized within the Hebrew Scriptures, the results of what they had experienced firsthand, their language were encapsulated with awe for even the demons were subject to them. (Luke 10:1-12, 17)

Remember reader, that between the last written records written within the Hebrew Scriptures of a Prophet sent from God, (in this case, Malachi,) and the arrival of the Baptist, John, four hundred years had elapsed.

Indeed, now, four hundred years later, through Divine authority, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, (Isaiah 40:3 Matthew 3:1-3 Mark 1:2-4, Luke 3:2-6, John 1:19-23), God’s messenger, the one that will prepare the way before the Lord, Himself, whom the children of Israel, delighted in and desired in, has now appeared on the public landscape (Malachi 3:1).

Certainly, when water was stirred at Solomon’s porch the first to step into the swirling water was healed of his infirmities, (John 5:4) and with the voice of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit appearing in the image of a dove, at the Lord Jesus’ baptism, so testified to by John the Baptist, and again an encounter with the voice of Almighty God on behalf of the Word of God, The Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, so testified to by the Apostle Peter “For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. “We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain” (2 Peter1:17-18), no other documented Divine sourced signs and wonders had been experienced by Israel’s citizenry for many centuries. (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34)

Further, even though there were recorded within the Hebrew Scriptures numerous examples of the miraculous, now, with the advent of Jesus of Nazareth’s arrival and presence, (Luke 4:17-21; Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 3:22; 9:35; Isaiah 42:1), the people of Israel; had not experienced the frequency of the signs and wonders as they now were witnessing and still, a greater divine work of wonderment was about to take place.

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.(John 3:14)

This historical event would not be exclusively for the benefit of those within the Commonwealth of Israel but would include the Gentiles also; nevertheless; within the substance of the matter would be independent of any contributions from human kind and would necessitate a plan between the three persons of the Godhead, the Blessed Trinity solely. (Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:11-22; Philippians 2:5-11)

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

"For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

… who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify
our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. (Hebrews 9:14)

In Jesus name,

Bishop Alcuin
Bishop Alcuin

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