The glory of Jesus outshines

In a prayer for his disciples—both then and now—Jesus prays: “Father, I want those you have given me… to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world” (John 17:24).

Jesus prays that we will see his glory. This surely includes a growing appreciation of his goodness, love, power, and magnificence.

And also his light.

Consider our surroundings. In our world, there is so much violence and pain and filth and anger and murder and pornography and deception and lies and pollution and greed and… Well, you get the picture.

There are days when we go to bed, reflect back upon what we have seen and heard over the previous twelve hours, and are tempted to despair. 

But Jesus is greater! 

Have you ever beheld something amazing? Perhaps the northern lights, a captivating sunset, or the face of a newborn baby? In those moments you are reminded that beauty still exists and that darkness doesn’t have the final say.

That’s what happens when we spend time with Christ, the “light of the world” (John 8:12).

Darkness doesn’t need to occupy your mind. Give that real estate to Jesus.

Spend time with him. Learn about him. Act on his words. Marvel at his grace. As a result, you will see his glory more and more.

You might even learn to smile in the storm.

“Father, I want those you have given me… to see my glory…”


–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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