24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17:24)
Jesus wants you to be with Him. Jesus wants you to see Him, right now, as He is in all His glory. And Jesus always gets what He asks for.
In the Old Testament, Joseph revealed his true identity to his brothers whom he had not seen for years when they came to him for food in Egypt during a famine. They didn’t recognize him when they met him again because they could not have imagined how Joseph would look in an such exalted position of power (Genesis 45:13). Many people who first encountered the resurrected Jesus did not recognize Him. How much more unrecognizable—to those who saw Him on earth—must this same Jesus be in His glorified body as He reigns in glory.
What does Jesus want? What did He say in His prayer for you? That you would see Him in His glory. The thing that would most satisfy us is the same thing that would most satisfy Jesus: seeing Him in His glory.
You don’t have to wait for the next life to see the glory of Jesus. One day you will see Him face-to-face, but today you can see Him by faith. One day you will see Him with your new, resurrected eyes, but today you can see Him with eyes of faith.
What happens to us when we see the glory of Christ with eyes of faith today?
18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (II Corinthians 3:18)
We become what we behold.
To look at Jesus with eyes of faith transforms me from the inside out. If I can live a satisfied life without seeing the glory of Jesus, then His glory will never satisfy me in heaven.
What are you looking at this week? Do you notice your heart becoming the thing you behold?
I wonder how much of my restlessness and discontentment is because I have not contemplated the Lord’s glory in Jesus?
Becoming like Jesus is a gradual transformation. To see Him in His unveiled glory all at once would overwhelm you. Think of the grace, love and mercy He shows you by allowing you to see Him by faith now. Then one day you’ll be prepared to see Him in all His glory.