I Desire

Published on Dec 14th, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
I Desire

I Desire Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24) The Father chose some out of the many in order to give them to the Son so that he could redeem them and glorify them and give them back to the Father. I am one of those who has been given as a present to the Son. I know my heart, I know my shortcomings, I know what I can bring to the table, and I know my talents. Getting me is like getting that out of date tie your kids get you when they don’t know what else to buy you. You are excited about getting a present but when you tear open the wrappings you are just a bit disappointed. You know that it is the thought that counts but an out of date tie? Think of all the work Jesus needed to do in my life just to make me acceptable in his sight. Then it takes the rest of my life to begin to conform me into his image. After that, it takes a miracle to glorify me. As a present goes, I am not one that makes the holiday any brighter. But then again, this whole process is not really about me but about the glory of the one who is doing all the work. I become a kind of living example of the glory of God.

Then I read the verse I shared above and my heart is almost too full to speak. I find that the only thing that I can do is fall on my knees in humility as I am so filled with the grace and love of God. When Jesus expresses his desire to the Father he expresses his desire for me to spend eternity with him. He wants me to be with him. In fact, the picture that is painted in Scripture is that we will all be living in the same house (John 14:6). The word for mansion in John 14 is the word used of a “u” shaped dwelling where the patriarch lives in the center and we fill in the “houses” around him. The Father and Jesus do not relegate us to some far regions of heaven but they want us to live right with them. In John 17:24 Jesus shares that he is excited for us to be there so that he can share himself with us. He not only shares his whole inheritance but he wants us to see him in his full glory. He wants to bless us with the beauty of who he is as we will see him, for the first time, as he truly is (I John 3:2). The amazing part is that John shares that we will, at that time, be like him.

I just love the last few verses of John 17 where Jesus shares that when we see him as he truly is he will then continue to reveal to us the character and attributes of the Father. We will spend eternity getting to know God. Listen to what Jesus prays, “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26). Jesus is speaking about eternity here. We will continue to learn about the Father, which in turn teaches us about the Son because they are one God, and as we learn we will understand, more and more, just how much the Father loved us. The more we see the glory of God the more we will be amazed at his gift of us being with him forever. The more we will be amazed that he desires to be with us for eternity. When you look at the babe in the manger you need to be amazed. The limitless God limited himself in order that he could save us so that he could bring us to himself for eternity. We cannot find in ourselves any reason why he would have such a desire but we can look at him and see divine love.

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