Jesus looked towards heaven and prayed: Father the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. John 17:1,2
I suppose there are a fair number of us who, as children, stumbled on a very private and intimate moment between our parents. I remember feeling excluded from something important and feeling mystified as to what that something could be.
John’s record of Jesus last supper with his disciples includes that kind of moment. Jesus reveals something of the inconceivable depth of intimacy between Father and Son. But the disciples, in that ordinary room sitting around an ordinary table with him, have not stumbled on a moment from which they are excluded. They may be and in the nature of things should be mystified, but they are included.
After talking to them, teaching them and answering their questions, Jesus begins to pray, out loud, looking up, eyes open. This is a prayer of high-priestly intercession and a personal prayer of consecration. He invites his disciples into the intimacy of the eternal Trinity. He gives them a glimpse of glory, the glory of Father and Son from before creation and the glory of the cross, for the hour has come.
Isaiah understood something of the paradox of God, who is beyond our benumbed conceiving yet who invites us into an intimate relationship with him. Chapter 55 begins Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters… come to me. And continues my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
We live in the ordinary realities of life in this world. But we also live in the eternal reality of the Kingdom of God. We often find that hard to grasp. But because God became man, the reality of his humanity, as he prays in the upper room, helps us to absorb the miracle that, here and now, we are included in his glory, included in the prayers of the Lord of heaven and earth, and given a place at his side for ever. That is where we are this Monday and every Monday until the end of time.