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Daily reading: 20th November 2015

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.

His glory was also to be seen in how He went to the cross, laying down His life in order to pay the price of our sin. W Barclay makes the point that the cross was His glorification, and He was glorified in taking up His cross.

The same is true for us: we receive glory as we take up our own cross to serve Jesus. It is not a burden, but it is the pathway to glorification.

In the world people seek glory. Sportsmen look to be honoured for their achievements. Every competitor in the Olympic Games aims for the glory of winning a gold medal.

Every footballer would love to have the glory and honour of winning the F A Cup, Cricketers want the glory of winning the Ashes (a series of tests played between England and Australia).

Such glory does not come easily. A lot of hard work and training is required. Perhaps for an athlete it requires long and lonely times of pushing their bodies beyond what most of us would want to endure. It is all for the honour of winning.

Jesus has given to us the same glory that He had, the glory that came through enduring opposition, criticism, and eventually the cross. There is glory for all who follow Jesus, and we must expect it to be given to us through trials and tribulations.

It is also the glory of knowing Jesus being alive in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul reminds us about this in these words:

[19] ….I have been crucified with Christ.

[20] I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me – Galatians 2.20 (NLT).

Knowing the glory of Christ living in us comes through our being crucified with Him. The glory of each believer does not come easily, or without pain, but it is worth all hardships just to hear Jesus say: “Well done, My good and faithful servant” – Matthew 25.21(NLT).


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