Jesus questions their discernment of who he is. Will they openly love-in-action him? Will they not soon be scattered at his time of greatest need?
“I have spoken these things to you in order that in me you may have peace. In the world you have affliction, but be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
Amazingly, their predicted total failure towards him will be irrelevant to the peace which they may have through him. That peace – their peace – will be theirs because he has “conquered the world” by going under its wrath.
Jesus spoke these things and, having taken up his eyes into the sky, he said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, in order that the Son may glorify you, just as you gave to him every flesh authority in order that, to everyone that you gave him, he may give them eternal life.”
There at that evening meal Jesus looks heavenward and prays to his father. The prayer is an imperative – a prayer of command – “Glorify your Son!” Now. Now that the very hour of his arrest and death has come. This command to his father to glorify his son will enable the son to glorify his father. That will be achieved in one particularly attractive way. Both will be glorified “just as” something similar has taken place which Jesus then repeats to his father.
The glory which the father is asked to give to Jesus will be “just as” the glory of the father when he gave his son “all-flesh-authority” to give to others “all that the father gave to him”, even “life eternal”. This glorious past giving of all things by father to son (even life eternal given to flesh – to Jesus) will be gloriously followed through by Jesus. In his turn Jesus will now give to human beings all that his father had given to him, even eternal life. He will do just that through his cross where he will atone for their rejection of both father and son.