We are quickly approaching the Passion Week which is the most important time period in Christendom, culminating with the en-bloc event of death and resurrection of Christ, the greatest event to grace the face of the universe.
Without the death of Christ there is no atonement, there is no substitution, there is no forgiveness of sin. And without the resurrection of Christ there would not be any Christianity.
This Man left His mark on human history like none other. Even secular folks will agree with that.
But this Man was infinitely more than just a mere man. He was divine. He was God Himself, the Son of God.
We know that Jesus spent long periods of time in prayer communicating with the Father, and in John 17 we are given a glimpse, a revelation, a majestic treat of the content of one of His prayers. This special prayer occurred Thursday night of Passion Week, before Jesus went into Gethsemane where His arrest happened, and one day before his death.
He started the prayer with the final motive and outcome of the entire chain of events which would take place, God’s glory: “Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” John 17:1
The culmination of God’s redemptive plan brings Him the most glory via a most unlikely path, the death of the Son of God followed by His resurrection. Such a method is contrary to any human approach. That is why God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and God’s ways are not our ways…
Things that Jesus communicates to the Father in this prayer are incomprehensible for us. Attesting to His divinity, Jesus says: “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” John 17:5
The same glory that will unfold in His death, resurrection, ascension, and return, the Son already had with the Father before the institution of time and the foundations of this world came to be! This concept alone, under the revelation of the Holy Spirit, should make every Christian bow down in their spirit and worship God because He left that ultimate glory to come and die in our place!
But this is not the end of the story of glory…
Apostle Paul tells us that we will be glorified with Him, not because of us, but because He is in us: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col 1:27
As we approach Passion Week, meditate on Christ’s unimaginable glory and the fact that He, by His grace will share it with us one day.