Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jesus Shared the Glory with the Father Before the World Began (John 17)


When Jesus had finished saying all these things [about himself to the disciples] he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the time has come. Reveal the glory of your Son so that he can give the glory back to you. For you have given him authority over every man and woman in all the earth. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life – by knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth! I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to. And now, Father, reveal my glory as I stand in your presence, the glory we shared before the world begin
(John 17:1-5, The Living Bible, bracket mine)

As we read John 17, the time for Jesus’ glorification had arrived. If the Father would glorified the Son in the crucifixion and resurrection to come, the Son could in turn give eternal life to His followers [Remember: Eternal life is not so much as the longevity of life but the fullness of life, namely, life in fellowship with God]. In doing so, Jesus would glorified the Father. Jesus clearly stated that people could have eternal life by “knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” In this statement, Jesus affirmed that He had glorified the Father on earth by “doing everything” that the Father had given Him to do. This work would be accomplished through His death on the cross.

Then, what amazed me is, as Jesus looking beyond the cross to His resurrection and ascension, He asked the Father to restore the glory He had enjoyed with the Father “before the world begin.” Wow! There are two main proofs that Jesus’ prayer was answered: 1) Before Stephen was stoned to death, he exclaimed, “Look, I see the heavens opened and Jesus the Messiah standing beside God, at his right hand!” (Acts 7:56); and 2) After Jesus ascension to heaven, the Apostle Paul explains…
Though [Jesus] was God,
did not demand and cling to his rights as God,
but laid aside his mighty power and glory,
taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men.
And he humbled himself even further,
going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross.
Yet it was because of this that God raised him up to the heights of heaven
and gave him a name which is above every other name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven
and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father
(Philippians 2:6-11, The Living Bible)
                                                            
To me, clearly, Jesus knew who He was: the Son of God. Today people have wide ranging of ideas of Jesus’ identity. Some see Him as an idealistic religious leader; others highlight His moral teachings and example. Some call Him a radical, a revolutionary, and others focus on His concern for the poor, a socialist. While some views may have a bit of truth, these are the most important facts about Jesus: He is fully human and fully divine; He died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead; eternal life can be found only through faith in Him (that mean, for wrenched sinners like us, “the only way” is in fact, God’s grace to us). We can know a lot about various religious practices, the Scriptures, the exemplary of moral life and good works (of course, these are also important). But that means nothing unless we know Jesus.

THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.
Best Blogger Tips

No comments:

Post a Comment

They Click it A lot. [Top 7 last 7 Days]

Thus far, I writes...

1 John Expositions 1 Timothy 20 Pesan Kepada Pelajar Saya 2015 Resolution 2016 Resolution A.W. Tozer Abortion Abraham Abundance Action Actions Adat Iban Adoption Adventure Advice Alam Sekitar Alan M. Turing Albert Einstein Alkitab Allah Bapa Amazing Ambition Amy Carmichael Anak Allah Anak Manusia Angel Anger Anointed Anslem of Canterbury Antichrist Apologetics Apolos Apostle Application Art Ascension Ask Assurance Athanasius Atheism Athenagoras Atonement Attitude Augustine of Hippo Authentic Authority Awake Awareness Back to Basic Doctrine Series Bahasa Iban Bahasa Kamek-Kitak Bahasa Malaysia Balance Baptis Baptism Baroh Ati Be Original Beauty Beban Belas Kasihan Believe Berdoa Berehat Berfikir Berita Baik Bersaksi bagi Kristus Bertrand Russell Bible Bible Study Biblical Manhood Bill Gates Billy Graham Biography Birthday Blessing Blood Body of Christ Boldness Book of Acts Expositions Book of Genesis Book Review Boredom Born Again Borneo Brave Brother Andrew Brother Yun Bup Kudus Burn Up business/financial C.H. Spurgeon C.S. Lewis C.T. Studd Cabaran Calling Cara Hidup Care Celebration Central Theme Chance Change Character Charismatic Charles Darwin Children of God China Chinese New Year Choice Chosen Christ through the Bible Christ-Like Christian Fellowship Christian Living Christmas Church Classic books Coffee College and University Student Comfort Commend Commentary Commitment Communications Community Compassion Condemnation Confession Confidence Conflict Conscience Consider Jesus Consumerism Contentment Contribution Controversy conversion Conviction Corrie Ten Boom Counseling Covenant Creation Creativity Criticism Crucifixion Culture Curiosity Curse Darah Yesus Kristus Dating Death Decease Decision_making Deliverance Dependence Destiny Determination Dietrich Bonhoeffer Diligence disaster Discernment Discipleship Discipline Discover Diversity Divinity Divorce Doa Doctrine Don Richardson Don't Give Up Don't Worry Dosa Doubt Dream Easter Easter Day Reflections Ego Egypt Election Elijah Emotions Empathy Emptiness Encouragement End Times Endurance Enemies Enthusiasm Environment Envy and Jealousy Eritrea Eternal Life Eugene H. Peterson Evangelism Everyday Christmas Evidence of Jesus' Resurrection Evil Spirits Evolution Example Existence of God Experience Ezekiel F.B. Meyer Facebook Facts Failure Faith False Teacher Family and Relationship Fasting Fasting. Berpuasa Father Father's Day Fear Fear of God Feeling Firman Tuhan Focus Followers Forest Forgiveness Francis of Assisi Francois Turrettini Free Freedom Friendship Future Garden of Eden Gawai Dayak Generosity Gentleman Gentleness George Mueller George Whitefield Gereja Gifts Giving Glory Goals God God Sovereignty God-ward Thinking God's Plan God's Will Good News Goodness Gospel Gospel of Mark Gospel of Matthew Gossip Grace Gratefulness Gratitude Great Commission Greatness Grief Growth Guidance Habit Happiness Happy New Year Harapan Hardwork Hari Krismas Hari Sabat Hate Hatred Healing Health Heaven Hell Hero Alkitab Hidup yang Bermakna Hidup yang Kekal High Priest History HIV/AIDS Holiness of God Holy Spirit home Homosexual Honesty Hope Hosea Hospitality How-to-Lead-Bible-Study Hubungan Peribadi Hukum Taurat Hukuman Humanity Humble Hypocrite Iblis Identity Imagination Iman Immanuel Incarnation India Influence Initiative Insights Inspiration Integriti Integrity Intercession Prayer Internet Interpretation Isa al-Masih Isaac Newton Islam Isu Semasa J. Oswald Sanders J.C. Ryle J.I. Packer J.K. Rowling Jadi Kamu Ingin Berpacaran? Jako Tuhan Janji Allah Jesus Christ Jesus Freaks Jesus the Only Way Jesus' Leadership Jim Elliot John 17 John C. Maxwell John Calvin John MacArthur John Owen John Piper John Stott John Sung John the Baptist John Wycliffe Jordan Journey Joy Judas Iscariot Judges Judging Others Judgment Justice Justification Kaleb Karl Barth Kasih Kasih Kurnia Kayu Salib Keadilan Keamanan Kebahagiaan Kebaikan Kebangkitan Kebebasan Kebenaran Keberanian Kebijaksanaan Kehendak Allah Kejahatan Kejujuran Kekhuatiran Kelahiran Semula Keluarga Kemaafan Kematian Kemuliaan-Nya Kemurahan Hati Ken Blanchard Kepastian tentang Penyelamatan Keperluan Kepimpinan Keputusan Kereja Ajih Kesatuan Kesejahteraan Kesembuhan Kesetiaan Kesucian Ketawa Ketulusan Keutamaan Kindness Kingdom of God Kitab Ezra dan Nehemia Knowledge Kornelius Kuasa Kudus Laos Laughter Law of God Laziness Leadership Learning Lemi Ati Leonardo da Vinci Let Go Let's Blogging! Letters to Annabel Letters to Annie Letters to Little Richard Lies Lifestyle Listening Loneliness Lord Louis Berkhof Love Make a Difference Malaysia Manhood Marginalize People Marriage Martin Luther Martin Luther King Jr. Martyrs Masa Materialistik Maturity Max Lucado Maya Sunyi Media Sosial Meditasi Meditation Meekness Membaca Meminta Tolong Memorizing Mendengar Menghakimi Mengumpat Mentaati Mentor Menunggu Menyelidiki Mercy Messiah Methodist MH17 Tragedy MH370 Tragedy Mikha Ministry Miracle Misi Mission Money Morality Moses Mother Teresa Mother's Day Motives Movie Muhammad Mukjizat Murah hati Murka Tuhan Musa Music My Top 20 Lists My Top Book Lists Mystery Myths Nabi Nabi Yeremia Naomi Narnia Nasihat Nelson Mandela New Life Noah's Ark Noble North Korea Not Ashamed Novel Obedience Observing Omnipotent Omnipresent Omniscient Online Opportunity Optimist-Christian Attitude Orang Utan Oswald Chambers Our Wired Lives on Facebook Series Ownership Pain Palm Sunday Parable Paradise Passion Pastor Pastor Raymond Koh Missing Patience Paul Hattaway Paulus Peace Peduli Pekerjaan Peluang Pemerintahan Allah Pemimpin Pemulihan Pencubaan Pendamaian Pengajian Surat 1 Yahya 1 Pengampunan Pengarap Pengekalan dalam Keselamatan Pengetahuan Asas tentang Ajaran Kristian Pengidup Baru Penginjilan Pengkhabaran Pengorbanan Penyembuhan Penyesalan People Perbuatan Percaya Perdamaian antara Kaum dan Bangsa Perfect Perintah Allah Perkahwinan Persaudaraan Persecuted Church Persecution Perseverance Persistence Personality Perspective Persuasion Pertaubatan Pertolongan Perubahan Petrus Philosophy and Theology Picture Graph Pilihan Play Poet Politics Positive Thinking Potential Poverty Power Praise prayer Pre-Christmas Preaching Predestination Pride Priority Private Personal Public Problem Process Promise Prophet Protest Provider Public Speaking Puji Sembah Purity Purpose Putera Allah Question Quote Racism Radical Raja Random Issues Ratapan Reading Reality Reason Rechurch Reconciliation Redemption Reflection Reformer Rejection Religion Remain Faithful Rendah Hati Renungan Repentance Respect Responsibility rest Result Resurrection Revelation Revenge Revival Rewards Righteousness Rob Bell Rock Roh Allah Romance Rumah TUHAN Rut Sabbath Sacrifice Sadhu Sundar Singh Sahabat Saint Salvation Sam Harris Sanctification Santification Sarah Satan Satisfaction Saudi Arabia Save Science Second Coming Secrecy Seekers Self-Control Self-Image Selfie Phenomenon Sembiang Sensitive Serve Service Sex Sharing Sherlock Holmes Shut Up Silent and Solitude Simplicity Sin Sincerity Sing Single Siri Kehidupan Kristian Slowing smile So You Often Quote Him? Soalan Social Media Son of David Son of God Son of Man Soul Space Speak Up Spiritual Health Spiritual Poverty Stand Firm Stephen Hawking Steve Jobs Stewardship Stop Baram Dam Strength Struggle Study Submission Success Suffering Sukacita Sukarela Supreme Surrender Tabiat Take Risks Talking Tanggungjawab Tattoo Teachability Teacher's Day Teamwork Technology Temptation Test Thank You Thankfulness The Advocator The Apostles' Creed The Bread of Life The Confessions the Cross The Devil The Flood The Good Shepherd The Helper The King The Light The Mediator The Message of Christmas The Nicene Creed The Poor The Sacrament The Smartness of God The Story of God The Trinity The Unforgivable Sin The Water of Life The Way The Word Theist Think of the Message Thinking Thomas Edison Time Tindakkan Tok Nan Tongue Traditions and Regulations Training Transfiguration Transformers Triniti Trouble Trust Truth Tujuan Hidup Unchurch Understanding Uniqueness of God Unity Unplugging Urgency Valentine Value Victory Visi Vision Vocation Volunteer Vulnerable Waiting Walk with God Warren Bennis Watchman Nee Weekly Motivation West Bank William Tyndale Winning Wisdom Witness woman Wonder Word-to-World Fellowship (WWF) Words Work World World AIDS Day Worship Wrath of God Writing Yesus Kristus You got to read this Yusuf Yuval Nuah Harari Zig Ziglar