It should not come to us as a surprise that the Old Testament abounds with references to the significance of the Lord’s glorification, much as the New Testament itself does. The truth of His Son’s glory had been on God’s mind before time began.
A. The eternal counsels of God planned it
‘Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began’, Acts 3. 21. It was God’s plan before time began that, when blindness in part is happened to Israel, their rejected Messiah must be received in glory, until the day when that nation shall have recognized Him, whom they have pierced, and have repented of their national sin. In prophetic language, unmistakably Messianic, the prophet Hosea writes ‘I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their afflictions they will seek me early’, Hos. 5. 15. The invitation to the nation to repent comes in chapter 6, verses 1 and 2.
B. Christ’s own righteousness demanded it
When this wicked world rejected and despised God’s own Son, and finally hung Him on a cross, God’s answer to this, in light of Christ’s own perfect righteousness, was to justify Him by raising Him from the dead and to glorify Him. ‘Justified in the Spirit … received up into glory’, 1 Tim. 3. 16. In the Lord’s own words, ‘of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more’, John 16. 10.
C. It fulfilled ALL things written of HimLuke 24. 44.
D. His own words predicted it
THE RESULTS OF HIS GLORIFICATION
A. For Him:
It was the vindication of His claims of messiahship and of deity, ‘Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ’, Acts 3. 36.
B. For His people:
To set our eyes on the Man in glory should be our happy occupation in life here. To have our lives transformed and our minds renewed to more Christlikeness is achieved to the measure of our occupation with Him, where He now sits. As of old, in the case of the prophet Elisha, the condition for his receiving a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, was that he should see his ascending master. So in our case, a realization of the truth of Christ in glory, should cause us to seek those things that are above, ‘where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God’, Col. 3. 1. Such a vision should detach our affections from things that are on earth. Like Stephen, who having seen the heavenly vision of the Son of man, asked for the forgiveness of his executioners, just as had his Saviour. Fixing our eyes on the glory of the Lord, with faces not veiled by the cares and ambitions of this earthly life, we are changed ‘into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’, 2 Cor. 3. 18.
Fill all my vision, Saviour divine,
Till with thy glory my spirit shall shine.
Fill all my vision that all may see,
Christ only, always, living in me.
May it be so in our lives, for His glory.