“And now You, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world existed” (John 17:5).

“Glory” is a central theme for John; utilizing the noun some 18 times, while employing the verb, “glorified,” on twenty-three occasions. What Jesus holds forth for his followers stands in stark contrast to the glory sought by humanity. Instead of full rights and privileges, prominence, and preeminence, Jesus models a glory achieved when one who is entitled to being high and lifted up, instead, lowers themselves to a place of service and sacrifice, enduring even the shame of a cross. Beyond the strident form of nationalistic cultural Christianity portrayed today; an expression that clamorously demands its rights, and fuels the fires of hateful rhetoric and division, the world deserves from the church another display of the life of faith; a demonstration rooted in the teachings of Jesus; that understands we are his ambassadors, his witnesses; that we do not speak or act on our own behalf, but his. It all depends on who you’re seeking to glorify.

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