#5131 – Glorifying the Father

Good morning people who glorify God in the same way Jesus glorified God.

John 14:13-14 NIV “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Our normal focus in reading these verses would be about us asking Jesus to do whatever we ask in His name and Him doing it. This is a wonderful truth, but it is a conditional truth. The request must be in alignment with who Jesus is and must be birthed out of a desire to see God’s kingdom ways done on earth as in heaven. In other words, it’s not about our shopping list being fulfilled – it’s about God being glorified.

And that’s what I want to talk about today. The middle of these verses is the most important part.

Everything that we are invited into and commissioned to do in Jesus’ name is so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Here it is again – Jesus pointing us to His Father; to our Father.

Jesus modelled so well that the greater purpose of miracles is not for people to feel good. Yes, changed lives were the result – and we say praise God for the supernatural! But alongside the miracles, and the main point of the miracles, was to point people to the Father and to bring Him glory.

One could argue that the miracles were pointing people to who Jesus was, not to who the Father was. The truth is, yes, people were looking to Jesus. But in the context of how Jesus lived and all that Jesus said, He was continually pointing people to His Father. This is the primary focus of this whole chapter that we are looking at.

In other words, you couldn’t have an encounter with Jesus and not encounter the heart of the Father. Why? Because Jesus was the exact representation of His Father.