John 17:9,10 “My plea is not for the world but for those you have given me because they belong to you. And all of them, since they are mine, belong to you; and you have given them back to me with everything else of yours, and so they are my glory!”
How often do you feel like you are Jesus’ glory? Right now, though I’m freshly showered, I am back in my pajama’s, with tears in my eyes and a heart that is carrying the burdens of friends and loved ones near and far. I don’t feel like I’m anyone’s glory right now, nor do I feel like I ever could be.
This is the second time in a few days that I’ve gone back to John 17. The first time I was on a tangent from something else I was studying and I got distracted by this beautiful prayer of Jesus as He prepares to leave the earth bearing the weight of our sins. Both times I’ve read it I’ve been reduced to to tears as I think about the fact that Jesus was lifting us up to the Father, and claiming us as His glory.
I have so many loved ones going through hell right now, and I know that few of them feel as though they are the glory of Jesus. I think some of them probably feel like a piece of gum stuck on the bottom of his shoe, a feeling I’ve known many times in my own life.
But these words that Jesus prays are so rich and beautiful and they make no distinction between the great moments and the horrible ones.
17:11 “. . . keep them in your care . . .”
17: 15 “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from Satan’s power.”
17:20 “I’m not praying for these (disciples) alone but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these.”
When I read in v 11 when Jesus says, “I am leaving them behind, and coming to you, Holy Father,” something in my heart cries out, “Please don’t leave us behind,” and I think of the hardships I’ve endured, and the ones that I see going on all around me and how I would rather be in His physical presence at the throne with all of my loved ones, none left behind, how that would be true glory in my eyes . . .
17:21 “My prayer for all of them is they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father — that just s you are in eye and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.”
This notion of oneness in mind and spirit with Jesus and the Father is brought up numerous times in Jesus’ prayer, and for me today, it’s where hope lies.
We who have chosen relationship with Jesus have been chosen by the Father. We are His. We are His glory, even when we are in the midst of hell on earth, and struggling to continue to choose Him every day. We are His glory in the midst of our failure and brokenness, our humanness and our tragedy.
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are not like that, for you have been chosen by God himself — you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God’s very own — all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”
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