Glory (SOAP)

Today, we’ll take a look at John 17:1-5.

S – scripture

Remember to ready slowly.  Pay attention to what you are doing.  Focus.  Listen.  Calm your soul.  In this moment, tune out the world, and listen for what God wants to say to you in His word.

John 17:1-5:

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

glory-sunshine-from-the-edge_1152x864_71915O – observation

Jesus’ desired to glorify the Father

Jesus desired to glorify the Father.  There were many reasons why Jesus came to earth.  To die for our sins. To defeat the power of the devil.  To show the depth of God’s love for us.  To show the church how we should care for the ones that are forgotten.  To show us that no one is unloved. Many, many reasons.

But, one of the main reasons, we see over and over again, is to give glory to God the Father.  The Son desires for the Father to be praised, to be loved, to be honored.  Jesus says this – in this moment that is beginning, may you receive glory. All things work for the glory of God, even the cross.  Jesus knew that. And He teaches us that.

Eternal life is knowing God

Jesus asks the Father that we many know eternal life, and that life is knowing the Father, and the Son that He sent.  Heaven will be many things, but above all, in heaven, we will know God fully, as He has fully known us (1 Corinthians 13).  Heaven isn’t just to come, but through knowing God, we can taste it right now, through His grace.  When we experience something powerful, something holy, something good, that’s a taste of heaven.

Jesus wants us to know that.  Jesus tells us, that is what eternal life is, at it’s most full, knowing God.  So, eternal life is not just a “future” thing, but it’s also a “right now” thing.  For those of us that know God, we don’t have have to wait to know things that are eternal, we can know them, right now, in this moment.

Jesus is God

It says in this text that Jesus will know the presence of God, as He knew before the world was created.  In the Bible, glory is the essence of who God is.  So, Jesus knew God’s essence, in John 1, it says that was with God, and was God.  Jesus Christ is God.  He is part of the glorious Trinity, the very being of who God is.  Jesus wasn’t just a good man.  He wasn’t just a good teacher.  He was God.  You must know this.  You must understand this.  He is God.

And He died and rose again to save us.  And life is found only through Him.

A – application

If Jesus desired to give glory to God in all things, do I?

Jesus Christ knew that part of His purpose on the earth was to give glory to the Father. That was part of what He was here to do.  What about us?  If that was part of what Jesus desired to do, what about me and you?

Do we desire to give God glory through our work?  Our families?  Our faith?  Our hobbies?  Our everything?  Jesus came, for many reasons, but giving God glory was one of the main ones.  Today, do we desire to honor God and give God glory through everything?

How can I see glimpses of eternity today?

If eternal life is knowing God, today, we have eternal life.  It’s not just something that we look forward to, but its something that we can know, right now.  So, today, are you looking for heaven?  Are we aware of all the places, and all the ways, that we can see eternity?  Every movement of the spirit, ever act of grace, every time that God moves in our life, that’s a glimpse of heaven.

Today, are you just living life, or are you looking for heaven in every moment?

Have I given Jesus my all in all?

Jesus Christ is God.  He is part of the glorious Trinity.  He was there before the world was created, and all things were created through Him and for Him.  He is God Himself.  I don’t fully understand the beauty of the Trinity, but I know that it is true.  Jesus Christ is God.

Have we given Him our all in all?  Does He have our everything?  Does He have every bit of our lives?  Because that’s where peace and hope and life will come. Through giving Him our all.  Jesus is God. Do you honor and worship Him as such?

Does He fully have you?

P – prayer

Today, Blessed Father, may we glorify you in all that we do.  May we look for glimpses of heaven, in all of life, and my we give you our all in all. Today God, may we seek to give you glory, in all things.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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