It’s been a few weeks since the last post of John’s journaling. If you’d like to review any of his previous posts, they’re all located under “John Owen’s Journal, Jesus is Praying for You.” This post continues the prayer of Jesus from John 17.
“And now, Father, glorify Me in your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.” John 17:5 NIV
Jesus prays for the Father to return Him to the relationship they had before time and creation began…before Adam, Moses, and prior to millenniums of God’s intervention in humanity, and the accomplishment of His sovereign plan of redemption, through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
A brief look at some Scriptures will reveal (1), what kind of relationship the Father and Son had, (2) how it changed on our behalf, and (3), how it will be restored!
1. John 1:1, 2 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
And in I John 1:1-3 (NIV):
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
Jesus was completely One with the Father, in His very nature, attibutes, will, and characterisitcs.
“Who, being in the very nature God…” Phil. 2:6
2. Now, picture Jesus, the Word of God, adorned with a king’s crown representing all His mighty attributes, nature, and characteristics as God, voluntarily and gladly taking off that ruling crown and placing it at the feet of the Father. For us. This willful sacrifice changed their relationship entirely for our benefit.
“..made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a Cross!” Phil. 2: 7, 8 (NIV)
As a man, Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit to reveal the love, will, power, and purpose of God on the earth. As a human, He was subject to the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, but without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
3. Jesus prays for God to place the crown back on His head, now wounded. God answers— with a resounding YES!
“Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father!” Phil. 2:9-11
Also, see Revelation 5:12,13 (NIV):
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: ‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, forever and ever!”‘
The Father heard Jesus’ prayer and answers! This blessed response is doubly encouraging because we’ll not only see Jesus, the Lamb of God, crowned and honoured, we will also be part of the answer—we are among “every creature” who will be singing His Praises!!