Glorification = Resurrection

New Jerusalem is the consummation of every positive thing in the Bible. In the gospels, glory is related to the Lord’s incarnation, human living, death, and resurrection. Jesus spoke much about glorification in John 12–16 and prayed in John 17.

In John 12:23 Jesus said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” In 17:1 He prayed, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You.”

New JerusalemThis glorification is explained in Luke 24:
Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory? (v. 26)
It is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise up from the dead on the third day. (v. 46)
Together these verses show that resurrection is glorification.

The pairing of resurrection and glorification is also in John 11. Jesus said about Lazarus, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, in order that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (v. 4). He declared, “I am the resurrection” (v. 25). He said to Martha, “your brother will rise again” and “if you believe you will see the glory of God” (v. 23, 40). Immediately after this He called Lazarus out of the grave.

Revelation 21:10-11 tells us that New Jerusalem has the glory of God and verse 21:23 says that New Jerusalem has no need of sun or moon for the glory of God illuminates it. New Jerusalem is a city not in the old creation, but in and of the new creation; it is a city in resurrection.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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