“Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the World was.” – John 17:5
Before the dawn of creation, before the world was formed there was God. God, who existed in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this eternal and everlasting existence the God-head dwelt in perfect unity and perfect glory. From John 17:5 we read that the Son and the Father shared a relationship of matchless glory. This is one of the wonders of the incarnation. Jesus Christ laid aside the endless glory that He has with His Father, He set aside the worship of angels, the wonders of heaven, the freedom from the presence of sin, to come to this earth for you and I. He set aside all this glory, a glory so majestic that we cannot even imagine it, to be despised and forsaken of men. He set it aside to be killed, to be crucified, to shed His righteous blood for our sakes.
Before Christ went to the cross, He prays His High-Priestly Prayer in John 17, and in this prayer He asks the Father to glorify Him. One of the wonders of the death of Christ is that through His death and then subsequent resurrection to life, the Father restored Him to the glory that they once shared. The privileges laid aside we once again restored as the Son ascended on high and was seated at the right hand of God. Dear Christian, remember this Christmas season the glory of Jesus Christ. Not only the glory that He laid aside in His coming to earth as a child, but also the glory He has now as King of kings and Lord of lords. This is a glory that existed for Him long before the world began and will be given to Him long after this world passes away.