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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

John 17:4

 
I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which you have given Me to do.
John 17:4

The above words are from Jesus' prayer on the night before His crucifixion. They are not a request, but an amazing and concise summary of His entire earthly ministry. These simple statements are deep pools of revelation that show us not only the underlying purpose of Jesus' life, but of ours as well. Later in His prayer, Jesus will make this clearer when He prays, "As You have sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world" (John 17:18). We have been called with the same purpose.

Isaiah wrote, "Thus says the Lord who created you, O Jacob…Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory" (Isaiah 43:1, 6-7). From these verses came the first question in the Westminster Catechism: What is the chief end of man? The answer: Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

We cannot begin to live rightly until we realize that our main purpose is to make Jesus look as worthy of glory as He really is. American culture makes self-esteem a virtue. But the Bible teaches God-esteem: that we exist for His glory. Only when we see Him as the only One worthy of praise, and ourselves as unworthy recipients of His grace, do we have a Biblical self-concept. The redeemed of the Lamb give Him the praise due to His name and do not glory in themselves. Eternal life is the infinitely-valuable gift of God made possible by the blood of Jesus. The glory is due to the Giver, not the mere recipient of the gift.

Tom Day

 

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