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Daily Reading: 25th October 2015

John 17.1 cont.

1 After saying these things, Jesus raised His eyes to heaven and said: “Father, the time (hour) has come, glorify Your Son, so that the Son may glorify You,

For all of us there are some appointed times that we have to meet. God’s word tells us that there is a time for everything, a time to be born and a time to die (Ecclesiastes 3). In between those two occasions there are many other appointed moments that we have to face.

Jesus was facing the hour in which He was to receive glory. It was the time of His death on the cross.

To the world this would appear to be His defeat, but in reality it was to be His triumph and glory.

Jesus asks His Father for glory. This was not the first time that Jesus had uttered something similar:

31 When he went out, Jesus said: “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him;

32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and He will glorify Him at once – John 13.31-32.

In verse five Jesus repeats His request for His and His Father’s glory.

Let us remember that glory means to receive the highest honour that there is, to be raised up to the highest possible position (exalted).

We know that Paul declared that Jesus is given the name that is above all other names:

[9] God raised Him up to the heights of Heaven and gave Him a name that is above every other name,

[10] so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth,

 [11] and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father  – Philippians 2.9-11 (NLT).

The hour for Jesus to receive His glory was fast approaching. As we have seen it was to be through His selfless sacrifice on the cross, which was approved by the Father when He raised Him from the dead, three days later. Thus bringing glory to the Father.

The hour of His glory was also the hour when our salvation was won and sealed.

Today is also the time for Jesus to be glorified in us, as we hold Him in the highest honour by putting Him first in every part of our life.

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