“The glory that you have given me I have given them, that they may be one even as we are one.”-John 17:22
One of the definitions of glory in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is “great beauty and splendor,” which captures Jesus’s heart in his high priestly prayer. Jesus said to the Father, “The glory that you have given to me I have given to them.” The Father glorified the Son and the Son glorified the disciples, but not because they were praiseworthy. Rather, his glory, what I earlier referred to as the “relational glory of God”, was given to us so that we would reflect the beauty and splendor of Christ-like love. Our ability to love one another in the same way that Jesus has loved us shines a glorious light upon a watching world. Love and oneness, grounded in Jesus, reflect Trinitarian glory.
Jesus, when I think of the word glory, I am comfortable with it being applied to you and even to your creation, but when I think that I too was designed to reflect your glory, it makes me nervous for some reason. Help me to revel in the glory in loving others knowing that it is a reflection of Trinitarian glory. Amen.