John 17:5

“And now, Father glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”-John 17:5

Jesus was about to depart the earth. He would once again be in the presence of the Father in a way that he was not while he was on earth. Notice what he said: “before the world existed.” The Trinity existed in perfect union before God ever spoke the first words: “Let there be light.” There was never a time when the Father, Son, and Spirit did not co-exist.

The relationship within the Trinity is mutually glorifying. Larry Crabb calls this the “relational glory of God.” The members of the Trinity exist in perfect communion, making much of one another. There is no conflict nor dissension between them. They exist to show love. They exist to be love.

Jesus, you existed for all eternity with the Father and Spirit. You reveal love’s true essence. In my finite understanding, teach me what it means to give glory in a way that brings you glory. Amen.

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