The love God has for us is really beyond human understanding, but we are to know that He loves us with an everlasting love. He has shown His love by sending us His Son Jesus to die for our sins. We have fallen short of the glory of God. We have sinned. Yet, it is God; who is holy, righteous, and undefiled who paid the sin debt that was our’s alone.
Jesus, as He was nearing the end of His earthly ministry as a man, prayed for all those who would follow Him. It is that prayer in which we have been looking at. In that prayer He has prayed for our keeping in the Father’s hands, the last time we saw He prayed that we all would be one, and that through us “the world might believe that Thou [the Father] hast sent Me”.
“And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.” John 17:22-23 (KJV).
In the book of Romans, written by the apostle Paul, inspired by the Spirit of God; we find these words, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 (KJV). We, ie., the human race, was made for God’s glory. When Adam chose to disobey the law of God he fell short of that glory, thus, all the race of Adam has fallen short of that glory.
Jesus alone, as the God-Man fulfilled that glory. It was the glory He had when He came down to earth. It was the glory He sustained as He walked among us. It was the glory given to Him by the Father. He gives those who believe Him, and follow Him that same glory.
As we walk with Him we glorify Him, we are made “perfect in one”, and due to that, the world around us can know that the Father has sent the Son, and that He loves us, just as the Father has loved Him.
-Tim A. Blankenship