The glory of Jesus can refer to different things. Glory was something that Jesus had in heaven (John 12:41; 17:5, 24); it was visible in his earthly ministry (John 1:14; 8:54; 11:4; 13:32; 17:1, 5, 10, 22); and it was something he received when he ascended to the Father(Acts 3:13). "Glory" can generally refer to a distinguished quality that is evident in a person, and also refers to the honor intended for that person (Burge, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, p. 269).

Since Jesus is associated with God, it is natural that he would reflect God's glory. Jesus reveals his glory, in conjunction with the Father's, in different ways: signs (John 2:11), his crucifixion (John 7:39; 2:16 & 23; 13:31-32), and in his being (Hebrews 1:3).


The term "light" within the Gospel of John is connected with Jesus' glory. Since glory is pictured as a radiant quality, light and glory often appear together in the Old Testament and in Hellenistic religion. John employs "light" twenty-three times (triple that of any other Gospel) to express the Hebraic thought that in bringing God's glory, so too Christ ushers divine light into the world (John 1:4-9; 3:19; 8:12; 12:46)." - (Burge, p. 270).

The Transfiguration

See main page: Transfiguration

Selected publications

  • The Glory of Christ, by John Owen
  • The Glory of Christ, edited by John Armstrong
  • The Glory of Christ, by R. C. Sproul
  • Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, edited by Joel B. Green & Scot McKnight, "Glory", pp. 268-270.

See also

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