John 17.20-23 cont.
20 But it is not only about them that I ask, but also about those believing in Me because of their word.
21 That they might all be one, even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they might also be in Us, so that the world might believe that You did send Me.
22 And the glory which You have given to Me I have given to them, so that they might be one even as We are one.
23 I in them and You in Me, that they might be perfectly one, so that the world might know that You sent Me and You loved them, even as you love Me.
Jesus used the term glory or glorification on a number of occasions, and we have seen that it means honour, renown, splendour; it means giving to someone the highest place possible, high praise; it means having the highest opinion about someone. It is to occupy the highest and most valuable place.
Jesus gave this advice to people who are invited to a party:
7 Now He said to those who had been invited, noticing how they chose the places of honour, saying to them:
8 When anyone should invite you to a wedding, do not recline at the chief place in case one more important than you should have been invited by him.
9 And the one who invited you both will say to you: “Give this man this place”, and then you will be ashamed because you will have to take the place of least importance.
10 But when you are invited, go and recline in the least important place, so that when the one who has invited you should say to you: “Friend, come up to a more honoured place”, you will be glorified in front of all those who recline with you.
11 Because whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted – Luke 14.7-11.
It is all too easy for us to seek and claim places of honour, but it is not something that we should take upon ourselves.
However, Jesus prayed that the Father would give to His disciples the same glory that the Father had given to Him. This would appear to be a different glory that Jesus had with the Father before He came into the world, and which He shared with the Father before the creation.
Perhaps we should see that the glory that Jesus had been given by the Father was the glory that He had whilst here on earth and ministering to those He came to save.
His glory was in the high opinion that people had of Him, and how they marvelled at the authority of His teaching; how people were amazed at His power over sickness and disease, and demonic forces.