“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
After reading this, I had to look up the definition of glory. I think sometimes we have made up in our minds what the words are defined as, or we see an image that gives us an emotion to a word. Glory to me was like what happens when someone wins the Olympics. I believe Jesus might be using the word "glory" to signify the greatest honor achievable.
I've been up the last few mornings thinking about salvation, and Christianity and my approach to the world next to the approach Jesus used. Mine sure looks a lot different at times, and really it should not. But one thing that I noted is very clear in this prayer. We need to be mindful of our own words and actions and we need to pray for others, not the other necessary the other way around.
Also Jesus makes it straight forward and clear again how we obtain eternity with Christ or in heaven. It is not a man made way... it was a way made available through God's flesh and blood, his only Son, Jesus Christ. Remember Jesus was and is the flesh and the blood of God. The only sacrifice that was possible for you to obtain forgiveness and relationship with Him.
We often fight about great prophets, great leaders, who we want to follow. We like this Preacher or that Pastor, we like this President or that one....but we have no need to fight over Jesus as we love to. Jesus the Holy Spirit and God are one. In separate identities, with specific jobs to do. Jesus is stating here that his job, or reason that he came in the flesh was finished and it is now time to return to the Father. Jesus can not compare with other worldly leaders, or religious leaders, because he is God, he came from God, it's God's flesh and blood, came down to walk among us to be the only sacrifice to save you. We don't need to be offended by the name...it is the name that saved us, it is the name that continues to save us.