John 17:1-5 NRSV:
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you,2 since you have given him authority over all people,[a] to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
The Lectionary reading for Thursday is all of John 17, and believe me, there is a lot upon which to reflect from John 17. As I read, though, I couldn’t get past verse 5. Jesus is completing his mission, preparing to go back to the Father (albeit through the cross and Resurrection). And he prays, ” Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.” And I gotta say, that verse is a trip to me tonight. This is not only a mere human praying this. Jesus had glory with the father before the earth even existed. Now, we believe that is true theologically… The Son is co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit… but for some reason it does me good tonight to sort of hear it from his own lips.
It’s encouraging to know the Christ was coming before the world was created, let alone before we sinned.
It’s encouraging to me Jesus exercises faith, and goes though with the plan even though he knows what’s going to happen.
It’s encouraging to know that whatever happens tomorrow (on Good Friday), Resurrection is coming. Glorifcation is coming. Death is not the end.