Scripture Reading:  John 17:24-26

“Father, I desire that they also whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”  (John 17:24)

When Jesus began the upper room discourse (John 14-17), He made a promise to His disciples:  “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am there you may be also” (John 14:3).  Now in the high priestly prayer at the end of the discourse, Jesus expresses His desires to His Father:  “Father, I desire that they also whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory…”

Jesus’ desire is for us to be with Him throughout all eternity.  He accomplished salvation for us so that His desire could become a reality.  We get a foretaste of His presence now because He resides in us (Galatians 2:20); but the day is coming when we will see Him face to face:  “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (I Corinthians 13:12).

Jesus desires for us to be with Him so that we can see HIS GLORY!  The Greek word “theoreo” (“see”) means to observe with sustained attention.  The day is coming when we will gaze upon the glory of Jesus Christ.  This is the “one thing” David asked for in Psalm 27:  “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4).

Think on this:  We will “gaze” upon the beauty of the Lord; we will see His glory.  We will not want to take our eyes off Him.  His glory is indescribable; it is impossible for us to know this side of heaven.  Paul wrote:  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).  Image all the suffering that people are  experiencing in the world today.  Paul says that this suffering is not worth comparing to the glory we will see when we come into the presence of the glorified Christ.

Lord Jesus, I long to see Your glory.  I cannot wait to gaze upon Your beauty and to be in Your presence.  You are my hope of glory.  I anxiously await the time when You will come to get me and take me to the place You have prepared for me.


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