In His prayer for the Church prior to His Crucifixion Jesus Christ said: John 17:1-9 1. These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2. As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. There is much of interest in the above passage, however, consider the words of Jesus Christ in verse 4; Jesus Christ, God the Son, tells God the Father I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. Now just what work is Jesus Christ talking about? He has not yet gone to the cross so the above passage must anticipate that event. In fact in John 16:32 Jesus Christ tells His disciples: 32. Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. The betrayal of Jesus Christ to the Jews had already taken place [John 13:26-30] and He was giving Himself into the hands of those who would crucify Him. Again, what work is Jesus Christ talking about? That work had to include the formation of the New Testament Church as recorded in Matthew 16:13-20. A work given to Jesus Christ by God the Father which Jesus Christ completed. However, dispensationalists claim that Jesus Christ came to establish the Messianic kingdom for the Jews and that they rejected Him [Herman Hoyt, a dispensationalist, in The Millennium, Four Viewpoints, by Clouse, pages 84-88]. Now if Jesus Christ came to establish the Messianic kingdom, and failed to do so, could He have told God the Father: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. Did Jesus Christ finish His work or does that work await some future 1000 year period as the dispensationalists claim, in effect denying the Words of Jesus Christ?