I wonder how many of God’s people today can sincerely cry out to our blessed Lord, “Glorify me with thyself! Bring me into oneness. I yearn to be closer, more intimate. Master, it is you that I want. More than signs or wonders, I must have your presence!”

When Jesus prayed for all believers, he said, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word; that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me” (John 17:20-21, NKJV). He was talking about a very intimate kind of love, a love that permits no distance or separation from the object of its affection. It desires a complete oneness, an eternal union. This divine love between our Lord and the Father was so all-important to him that he eagerly longed for the day all his children could behold it with their own eyes.

Glory be to the hallowed name of Jesus Christ for such a glorious thought! Christ is so overjoyed with the glory of his intimate relationship with his Father that he yearns to bring all God’s children into heaven to behold it.

Won’t that be something when we, the redeemed, are brought into God’s great banquet hall to the heavenly feast and are permitted to behold the love of the Father for his dear Son and our blessed Savior? I see on that glorious day our Lord’s prayer answered, when he looks to his blood-purchased children and joyfully proclaims, “See, children? Did I not tell you the truth? Have you ever beheld such great love? You now see my Father’s love for me and my love for him.” What a joy to know we serve a Savior who is loved.

Is it not terrifying to contemplate that Lucifer cut himself off from such glory? He is without love. He has no father. Surely, this was his greatest loss. It is the great loss of all Satan’s children, to exist without a witness or sense of a heavenly Father’s love. In contrast, God’s children are embraced in oneness with Jesus while still on earth. God loves us as he loves his own Son, and this truth ought to give us great peace and hope.