Glorifying the Word No.1

Before making the statement to His disciples that "now the Son of Man is glorified", something happen five days before the Passover that cause Jesus to proclaim to His disciples that the hour was come for Him to be glorified.

Reviewing the events recorded by John, "The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? Behold, the world is gone after him. And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

"The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honour.

"Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, [saying], I have both glorified [it], and will glorify [it] again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard [it], said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

"Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me" (John 12:17-32).

Glorifying the Word No.1

Notice that the events that took place just before the feast of the Passover resulted in the statement Jesus made to His disciples, that the hour was come that He should be glorified. As the Pharisees looked on at the crowd, they testified to themselves that "the world is gone after Him". To reveal why the people were going after Him, certain Greeks among them came to Philip with a desire in their hearts saying, "Sir we would see Jesus".

Philip did not say to them, "I am He"; rather, he led them to Andrew and told him of their desire and together they led them to Jesus and told Him of their desire. It was this desire in the heart of the Greeks that cause them to look for a disciple, who would lead them to Christ. It was because of this desire in the heart drawing them to Christ that He said unto them, the hour was come for Him to be glorified. To help them understand what He was saying, Jesus presented an illustration. He said,


Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die,
it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.


He that loveth His life shall lose it; and he that hateth
his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

To explain the illustration to His disciples, Jesus said, "If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honour".

By revealing the Spiritual through the natural and for the sake of giving Life to all who would receive Him, Jesus revealed to His disciples that although He loved His life, He was willing to sacrifice Himself and lose His life in this world that He might be an example to those who would seek to serve and follow Him. Yet, for the sake of His servants, who follow after Him, He was willing to suffer death at the hands of those who are moved by the power of darkness in this world. By His example of Love for us, Jesus said, "if any man serve me, let him follow me".

Because this world has become a battlefield of death, Jesus was willing to leave His throne of Life and come into this world to give Life to those who would receive Him. And those who receive Life through receiving Him will love Him and will be willing to lose their own lives in this world for the sake of ministering the Word of Life to those who are yet in darkness and death. And where He is, there they will be also. And the Father will honor those who minister the Word of Life to men in darkness.

After explaining His illustration to His disciples, the Word said, "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour". What was the purpose of coming to that hour? Why, after knowing of the plans of the enemy to kill Him would He continue to go to Jerusalem?

To reveal the Truth of that hour, "...one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing [that is] not put under him.

But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying,

"I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

"For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted" (Hebrews 2:6-18).

It was for this cause that Jesus said, "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me" (John 12:31, 32).

From the testimony presented, it was revealed that the Son of God came to earth and became flesh and blood like unto His brethren, that through the revealing of the Father's glory, He might restore man from sin back to God. And because we are flesh and blood and suffer temptation and death, He took part of the same, that by the tasting of death, He might destroy the devil, who had the power of death through his lies and deceptions and deliver us from being subjected to this bondage of darkness.

By becoming flesh and blood as we are, He became a merciful and faithful High Priest to all who would receive Him, that through them He might draw all unto the Father by the glory of the Father. Understanding this concept, Paul said, "For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us" (2 Corinthians 4:5-7).

Glorifying the Word No.1

Paul continued to give glory to the Word when he said, "Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:

"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all" (Ephesians 1:2-23).

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