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A GLIMPSE INTO ETERNITY
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
The Lord is looking at what is before Him, and this is His prayer. Having completed all the work, having done everything that the Father had appointed Him to do, He asks, as it were, “Has not the time now arrived when I can come back to You, exactly where I was before? I have done the work. Father, ‘glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.’” But the astonishing thing for us to remember at this point is that He goes back as God-Man! In eternity He was God the Son, pure deity, and He shared the glory; but now He goes back as God-Man. And as God-Man, and our representative, the glory that He momentarily laid aside at the request of the Father is restored to Him, and thus as God-Man and Mediator He again shares this ineffable glory of the eternal God.
And so this prayer was answered. It began to be answered at the resurrection, the event that finally convinced even the disciples that He was the Son of God. They did not quite understand it before, but, as Paul puts it in writing to the Romans, our Lord was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). Who is this who has conquered death and the grave? He must be, He is the Son of God. Consider the appearances after the resurrection. You find the disciples in Jerusalem behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jews, and suddenly He came in without the door being opened. “You see who I am,” he says in effect. “I have flesh and bones, and I can eat.” See the glorious person of this risen Lord.
A Thought to Ponder
In eternity He was God the Son, but now He goes back as God-Man.
From Saved in Eternity, pp. 77-78.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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