Glory to the Father

Christ in Majesty, John Piper, St Johns, Lichfield

Jesus summed up His ministry in terms of bringing global glory to His Father —

“I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word.”                  – John 17:4,6

In one telling meet with the non-Jewish Samaritan woman, Jesus declared God’s future for her and other Gentile nations —

“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” – John 4:23

Remember when Jesus cleansed the temple of the religious commercialism which formed a blockade prohibiting the nations from approaching God.  He quoted Isaiah 56:7 and the religious leaders immediately recalled what came right before that passage and Jesus intended for that to happen —

“I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord,
who serve him and love his name,
who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest,
and who hold fast to my covenant.
I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem
and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer.
I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices,
because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” – Isaiah 56:6-7

Just before going to His death, Jesus displayed His life purpose, and the purpose of His soon-coming death.  He openly considered asking the Father to rescue Him from death.  How would Jesus’ death glorify God’s name?

“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” – John 12:32

To God Be the Glory

Glory be to the Father

 

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