In what has been called the “Real Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus prays for himself, for his disciples, and for those of us who would later believe on Jesus because of the disciples’ word. In the first section of his prayer, Jesus prays for himself. Just before enduring his trials, scourging, and crucifixion, Jesus spoke to his heavenly father.
In his prayer, Jesus prays that the father would restore to him the glory that he had with the father. Jesus mentions that the Father had given him authority (or power) over all people to give them eternal life. Jesus then defines this life as knowing the Father and the Son (Jesus) whom God had sent. Next. Jesus speaks of his work of revealing the Father and saving mankind, and he speaks about it as being completed. This is because from Jesus’ perspective, it was as certain to be accomplished as if it were already done! Finally, Jesus requested that God return to Jesus the glory that Jesus had shared at God’s side before the world began.
When we consider all that Jesus did to come to earth and die for us, it is amazing. Jesus, while never giving up any attribute of deity, surrendered much in order to save us. His dwelling place, his possessions, the visible manifestation of his glory, his position, and his form all changed when he became man. He sacrificed all this – for you and for me.