The Father has given his glory to the son. The son has given his glory, given to him by the father, to them. Not only to the AD 30 disciples but also to those who will “believe into” him after AD 30.
What exactly is this “glory” of father and son - which (Jesus prayed) will be the glory of his disciples of every generation? Have you seen any “glory” in today’s disciples of Jesus that demonstrates that they, today, are one with the father and the son?
“I myself in them, and you yourself in me, in order that they may be perfected into one, in order that the world may know that you sent me out and loved-in-action them just as you loved-in-action me.”
The oneness for which Jesus was praying becomes clearer. It’s a familial oneness – a familial spirit with all who have that spirit (that life) being united in being like Jesus who gave himself so as to save his enemies. Such is his love-in-action. And that of his father. And of his disciples, he prayed.
“Father, those whom you have given to me—I want that where I myself am they also may be with me, that they may observe my glory that you have given me because you loved-in-action me before the foundation of the world.”
The AD 30 disciples and the post-AD 30 disciples are all included in this prayer. What kind of “glory” has been given by the father to the son? Is it not the “glory”, not only of willing to become a human being and to give his human life for his enemies but also actually doing it? When the disciples are, Jesus says, “where I am” (wherever that may be), they will be “with him” observing his “glory” given him by his father who willingly gave his son for that purpose.
“Righteous father, although the world knew you not, in fact I knew you, and these knew that you sent me out.”