Glory of God in Jesus Christ
What do you think God the Son would say to God the Father
during the night before He would lay down His life as atonement for the sin of the world?
Imagine for a moment with me what the divine communication between
God the Father and God the Son must be like. I wonder what deep conversations must take
place between the members of the Trinity. The communiqué between the Godhead must be too
profound and unfathomable for us to comprehend. The LORD said to Isaiah, For My
thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways . . . For as the heavens are
higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your
Yet, in the recorded prayer of Jesus in John chapter seventeen we are
let in on this deep penetrating talk going on in the Godhead. It is exalted, holy and
sublime. It is God speaking to God. This prayer is filled with simple sentences that
communicate profound thought for Himself (vv. 1-5), His disciples who are with Him (vv.
6-19) and for you and me (vv. 20-26).
Jesus then is the burning bush of the New Testament on the most holy
ground in New Testament soil.
This is a warm and hearty prayer from the depths of
Jesus heart. It is so honest, so simple; it is so deep, so rich, so wide, no
one can fathom it, wrote Luther.
The petition in verse one is so simple, yet so profound in its
simplicity. Father . . . glorify Thy Son, that the Son may glorify Thee. . . . And
now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I ever had with
Thee before the world was (John 17:1, 5).
Jesus speaks of His pre-incarnate glory in eternity past before He
became flesh. Jesus possessed and manifested the same glory with God before He became
flesh. The very essence of deity that Jesus possessed cannot be changed. He existed
in the form of God. He was equal with God (Phil. 2:6). Jesus was and is essentially
and unalterably God. That fact did not change when He took on in addition the form
of a bondservant, being made in the likeness of men (v. 7).
The apostle Paul in Philippians 2:7 writes of the self-emptying of
the outward visible manifestations of Jesus visible glory while in His flesh. Paul
is careful to stress that Jesus did not empty Himself of His divine nature, or His
essential attributes of deity. It was a self-limiting of His outward visible glory
and not His deity. He limited only the manifestation of His glory that He
demonstrated in heaven. He is God of very God. The self-emptying was the taking on of the
form, or essential characteristics of a servant, and humbling Himself by becoming
obedient to the point of death, even the death on a cross (v. 8). He looked like any
other household servant of that day. He was fully humanfully God.
Jesus Christ retained all the essential attributes, unchangeable and
unchanging essential nature of God. The essential nature of Jesus is the same as the
essential nature of God. The essential form never alters and never changes. He is God.
Since that is true about Jesus then what does He mean when He says to
the Father, And now, glorify Thou Me with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I
had with Thee, before the world was (Jn. 17:5)? Is Jesus praying for the restoration
of His essential attributes of deity? No, of course, not, that is impossible because His
deity never changed. This glory was Gods glory. However, Jesus did not manifest this
gory during the days of His incarnation. He hid it behind the veil of His flesh. Jesus is
going to glorify the Father in His outward visible glory as He did in eternity past. His
present glory in heaven is even greater than in the past because He was obedient to the
Father unto death. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the
name which is above every name (Phil. 2:9). Every knee will bow to the name of
Jesus, and every person will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God
the Father (vv. 10-11). It is obvious that this glory is the ultimate in praise,
honor and glory renown that can ever be given. It is of His intrinsic worth or character.
All that can be properly known of Yahweh, Jehovah or LORD is the expression of His glory.
Who is the King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle . . .
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
He is the King of glory (Psalm 24:8, 10).
When we have seen Jesus, we have seen the
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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