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Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. – John 17:5

We cannot comprehend the glory of Christ. It is just beyond us. All we can do is cry, “Holy, holy, holy!” Later in this same chapter in verse 24, Jesus says, “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me.” That’s all of us – the saved ones. Now listen to this… He wants you to be with Him. Jesus requests of the Father to let all of those that believed on Christ – all of His children – to be with Him that they might behold His glory.

Now, you might think, “Is Jesus on some sort of ego trip? Does Jesus have some sort of pride problem?” No! Listen, the greatest and most wonderful pleasure you will ever have is seeing Him. The greatest and most precious gift He could ever give you is to see Him in His glory. Heaven, among infinite other things, is every day you having a perfect mind and a perfect body taking in the beauty, the wonder, the stupendousness, the  majesty, the glory, the holiness of God. And every day you’ll take in more of it. Every day you will learn more of it. Every day you will marvel over more of it. And every day it will be an ever-increasing pleasure beyond any pleasure on earth just being in His presence. That is a pretty good deal, isn’t it? A little temporary suffering down here, and infinite pleasure in heaven with a perfect ability to enjoy it. You’ll have a perfect body. You’ll have a perfect mind to contemplate His glories and His pleasures. You’ll have perfect emotions to feel the great wealth of His glory and His beauty and His perfections. Perfect eyes to behold Him. Perfect ears to hear Him. God’s all about pleasure. He’s just so sick and tired of you looking at the pleasures of this world and missing the real pleasure of Christ.

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