Day 23

Glorify Your Son

from the John reading plan

John 17:1-26, Isaiah 42:8, 1 John 5:20

Back when I was doing youth ministry, there was this one night I was teaching in Romans. There were many nights when I would teach and I would know I had their attention. They were with me and the Holy Spirit was moving among them. Something was happening and I knew it. Those were special nights.

This was not one of those nights.

I knew I was not getting through, no matter how hard I tried. The metaphors fell flat and the examples were not connecting. I could hear their souls longing to reach for their phones. I was frustrated.

What was I trying to get them to see? We were discussing the glory of God. And I was struggling to get them to understand what God’s glory was and why it was so important. And then something happened that I will never forget. This young girl leaning back in her chair spoke up and made it clear.

“Do you mean His wonderfulness?”

In that one word she had made clear what I, the seminary-trained pastor, could not. And ever since, I have used her definition and that story when communicating what the glory of God means. Her definition holds up, even when I set it against those of the theologians throughout history.

So when I see Jesus in His “High Priestly Prayer” (which He prayed right before His arrest, death, and resurrection) say, “glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,” I read Jesus’ words through the lens of that girl’s definition of glory.

When Jesus prays that He would be glorified, He is praying that we would see His wonderfulness and that He would then, in turn, show off the wonderfulness of the Father to us. Now, if I were to pray this, that would be awful. My wonderfulness—if there is any—would not do you any good. It would be an arrogant prayer for me or any of us to pray. So why is it not arrogant for Jesus to pray this?

Because apart from us seeing Christ’s wonderfulness, we have no hope. We must see the wonderfulness of His perfect life. There are many wonderful things in His life to see, not the least of which is His perfect obedience to the Father and His ability to never sin. We must see the glory of His death. It is gruesome and tragic, but we must see the wonderfulness of how loved we are in His giving His life so that we could be saved from our biggest problem, our sin. And we must see the wonderfulness of the resurrection. Even though He was as dead as dead can be, He rose from the grave; and we are given the wonderful promise that because He rose, we will, too, if our faith is in Him.

See this in full wonder: when Jesus prays that we would see His wonderfulness, it is the most loving prayer He could have prayed. Wonder of wonders. May the Lord give us eyes to see the wonder of who He is.

Written By Matthew B. Redmond

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5 thoughts on "Glorify Your Son"

  1. Forrest says:

    His glory is his wonderfulness

  2. Ken Fuller says:

    What a calling we have as followers of Christ: to be one as He and the Father are one. This is a deep community – a congregation that is driven and moved by the Spirit and Wisdom and Love of God. We can see much division among Christians today. It seems to have started sometime after they what? When we began to call ourselves the Church and see that as a structure instead of a family called to live according to their Father’s commands? I can’t recall from history what caused them to lose this most important quality – to begin building fences that divided us from one another. But now is not the time to call for a man-made unity. We must seek the unity of Christ and His Spirit. To be the family again with those coming in through faith in Christ’s sacrifice for sin. Make us one, Father!

  3. Luke Blackburn says:

    The glory of Christ is our salvation. Jesus came and led the perfect life so that the Father would be glorified. If we recognize that Christ is the Son of God, we will bask in His glory. We will understand the love of the one who sent Him. Without Jesus, the debt of our sin would go unpaid and we would be disconnected from the love of our Father God. However, the Father glorified His Son to the point of conquering death and overcoming the weight of sin. If we understand, accept, and have enduring faith in the sacrifice of Christ, we will be co-heirs in Him. If we have faith, we will receive the love of the Father through the glory of His Son, Jesus.

  4. Kevin says:

    Lord let me see your wonderfulness so I can show it to others. Gah. What an amazing God. How sweet that we get to hear our Lord pray in this chapter? It’s not often we hear that today. What a cool way to see God’s heart for his people. He wants us to be with him sooooo badly. Thank you God.

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