June 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
Jesus prays in John 17, “Father… glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you” (17:1). In the Gospel of John, glory has to do with how God reveals himself to human beings. God’s presence is hidden until God chooses to reveal himself, and glory refers to the power of how and when this revelation takes place. This happens through Jesus Christ. Jesus glorifies the Father by revealing God to human beings, and Jesus is glorified by the Father through the power given to Jesus to reveal God to human beings (17:2-5). However, Jesus’ prayer goes further than asking for the glory of the Father and Son. Jesus also prays for his disciples (17:6-19) and for all believers (17:20-26). He asks for the Father’s protection of them “so that they may be one as we are one” (17:11). What this means become even clearer a few verses further on when Jesus declares, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one” (17:22). Jesus passed on the glory of the Father and the Son so that we can be glorified through the power of his Spirit. Since we became part of the glory of God, The Holy Spirit can also reveal God to others through us. May you and I live this day conscious of the fact that God wants to reveal himself to others through us.