Glorify your Son
“I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” – John 17:4
1 “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you.”
2 “For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him.”
3 “And this is eternal life – to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.”
5 “Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.”
20 I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
22 I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.
24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
Howard Carter was a British archaeologist who searched for the tombs of ancient Egyptian rulers. When he first went to Egypt in 1891, most of the ancient tombs had already been discovered. The preponderance of them had been plundered over the millennia. Carter, a skilled excavator was up for the task. At the turn of the 20th century, his efforts led to the discovery of the tombs of Queen Hatshepsut and King Thutmose IV.
Around 1907, he was commissioned by Lord Carnarvon, an antiquities collector, to supervise excavations in the Valley of the Kings. Carter focused his efforts on discovering the tomb of the little-known King Tutankhamen. On November 4, 1922, Carter discovered a step leading to its entrance. He immediately contacted Lord Carnarvon who rushed to Egypt. And on November 23, 1922, they broke through a mud-brick door. The passageway that led to Tutankhamen’s tomb was on the other side.
There was evidence that tomb raiders had entered the structure at some point. The heart sank and they feared the worst, another pillaged tomb
However, on November 26, 1922, they broke through another door into the antechamber of Tutankhamen’s tomb. Howard Carter, using only candlelight leaned in to see what was inside. Behind him, Lord Carnarvon asked, “Can you see anything?” Carter replied, “Yes, wonderful things.”
Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter King Tutankhamen’s tomb in more than 3,300 years. Tutankhamen’s sealed burial chambers contained his gold coffin and mummy. The tomb contained a vast assortment of thousands of wonderful, glorious, priceless objects. The find of King Tut’s tomb was one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.
Can anything be more glorious? Yes indeed. The most glorious event of all human history concerns the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. How can suffering and death be glorious?
4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.
What is the glory for which Lord Jesus Christ prays? For many, the glory of which He speaks is an unknown and yet to be revealed treasure. To become discover this great truth, requires a bit of diligent searching and digging to reveal its cryptic wonders. And then that is only touching the surface.
The quest begins with a better understanding of the etymology of the Greek word translated glory.
The Greek word translated glory is doxa it is the source of the English word doxology. It is derived from the Greek verb dokeo. The verb means to think, suppose, form an opinion, or recognize. Dokeo is is the Greek verb used when people form human opinions. Human opinions change and shift. They often flip-flop and can be based on error or faulty evaluation of the data (Zodhiates).
Human opinion is the antithesis of the Father’s “opinion.” The two things are diametrically opposed. The Father’s words and thoughts are not mere opinion. Rather they are fact, they are absolute truth. His truth contrasts with human truth by 180°. The Father’s truth never varies, it is changeless and absolute. It cannot be synthesized or compromised. “God’s opinion marks the true value of things as they appear to the eternal mind, and God’s favorable opinion is true glory” (Zodhiates). His opinion discloses with certainty how things really are and are to be understood.
Human opinion has a significant downside. Human opinion frequently hinders people’s ability to unearth and recognize the Father’s truth.
John 5:44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? (ESV)
John 5:44 No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God (NLT).
REFLECT & PRAY
The Father gives eternal life to every child of the King. His glory is shared with them through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Father Your glory is incomprehensible this side of heaven. Help us to focus the glory that matters, Your glory, and dismiss the passing, ethereal, earthbound glory of created things.
Trying to understand the word glory is like trying to get your arms around the English word trunk. A trunk can be so many different things: part of a tree, an elephant, a car, a piece of luggage, etc. And so it is with glory. Some of the ways in which glory is used in the New Testament are very perplexing. Their secrets are unlocked only with reflection and the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit.
Glory is the recognition of and honor due to an individual. Glory is also the absolute essence of the Father. He is worthy of honor and worship. Glory is something that can be observed. The Father allows His glory to be seen (Exodus 33:18-23). It appears as bright shining light, brilliance, or splendor. As such it catches the eye, attracts attention, or elicits recognition and acknowledgment.
John 13:31 The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified, and God will be glorified because of him.
The Lord Jesus Christ understands that His suffering death and resurrection will bring glory to Him. How can this be? They demonstrate that the Lord Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world, the Son of God, and indeed God incarnate. The Father sees the death of the Lord Jesus Christ not as a defeat, it is a tremendous victory. The plan of redemption required the sacrifice of His life. The Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of the human race. The resurrection of Christ confirmed that the Father accepted His sacrifice as payment in full (Romans 1:4).
For those that do not know the Father’s plan, find the death of the Lord Jesus Christ a gruesome waste of a good man’s life. However, His sacrifice is forever applauded in heaven.
The Father and the Son can share glory with the children of the King. But we can only recognize the glory of the Father and the Son. When the Father shares his glory with us, He allows us to share in His glory. When we glorify the Father, we share nothing with Him, we simply recognize, honor, praise, or worship Him for Who and what He is.
When we glorify the Father, we recognize Who He is in His unchanging essence.
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