Why did Jesus die? To atone for our sins, yes. To bear the curse of mankind, yes. To bring redemption to lost sinners, yes. But what if there’s more to it than that. Reading John 17:1-5 and something jumped out at me.
Five times in these verses Jesus speaks of glory.
“Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you” (v. 1).
“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (v. 4).
“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (v. 5).
Jesus began His prayer by saying, “Father, the time has come.” Because we know “the rest of the story” we automatically think he means the time for His death had come. But these verses tell us Jesus had a much different focus. The time had come – not for death – but for glory!
In fact, not once in those five verses did Jesus even mention death. He spoke of eternal life and the work given to Him by the Father. He talked about making known “the only true God.” But death? Not a word.
The cross was the plan. Glory was the purpose.
But how can the cross bring glory to the Godhead?
By lifting high the Son of God so that all men can see Him and believe and have eternal life. God sent His Son to die for you and me, and in His death and resurrection by the Spirit, to glorify the Father and the Son. I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to shout . . .