Our verse for today comes from John 13:31, ” So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.’ “
A contrast can be so easily seen as one exits and another enters. After God had done such amazing work in creation, He concluded His narrative by describing Adam and Eve as naked and not ashamed. But as God’s creative hand pulls back, immediately enters the serpent, who was more cunning than any beast of the field. Holy perfection, and then the devil himself. As the neighborhoods and housing developments continue to pop up around us, acres of trees and woodlands are bulldozed and destroyed, and in their place come houses and roads, and one little sapling planted in each yard. The beauty and loveliness of nature, and then the progress and footprint of man. We remember that when Jesus finished washing the disciples’ feet, scripture says that He was troubled in spirit. He then went about announcing His betrayer, even urging him to go and do what he will quickly. And then, once Judas had left the room, Jesus makes an amazing declaration. He says that now He, the Son of Man, the promised Messiah who was the incarnate second person of the trinity, the One who was being handed over to His eventual death, was now glorified. Once the one who would sell out Jesus had left to do his deed, it was as if the troubled spirit left with him, and all Jesus experienced was the glory of His Father.
And as Jesus was glorified, so was the Father. Even as Christ was about to experience in Himself the humiliation that was due to all of humanity, He brought glory to God as His plan was fulfilled. Woe to him who valued those coins over Christ, but glory to God that even in sin and shame, Jesus was lifted up and magnified. God’s will shall prevail, and He will be glorified, and neither Satan nor Judas nor anyone in between can prevent that. And we praise God that He is still on the throne, and the One who hung on that cross is there at His side, glorified and worthy to be praised.
As we seek Him today, let your obedience bring glory to the One who has been glorified.
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