31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
As Jesus prepared for the Cross, He prepared His disciples by telling them to love one another as THE sign of Him in them. They did not get the lesson at this time for their very next words were words of worry that He was leaving them.
Judas had just left to betray Jesus when the Lord said that now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in Him. What we consider to be the worst thing Judas could do Jesus saw as the beginning of His greatest glorification. As we look back to the Cross and all of the redemptive work of God the Father and God the Son we understand Jesus’ words. For though the life of Jesus was glorious in all of His teachings and healings, if it were not for His atoning death and justifying resurrection we would only have had an amazing life without a sin-removing Lamb.
In all of the redemptive plans of God we see His unending love for His people. Surely they knew Jesus loved the masses for He always showed compassion on them. But it was because of His death that Paul could write these words, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Oh the love of God from which we can never be separated demonstrated and confirmed at the Cross. Yes, Jesus was glorified from this moment on like He had never been glorified before. Yes, now we can love one another with a love that before the Cross was not a part of the human understanding.
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Tomorrow night there is a special prayer time at the church. This prayer time will cause us to look inward, upward and outward. We will seek the scriptures to know the voice of God as we pray. If we expect our church to continue, we must pray. If we expect our community to come to the Savior, we must pray. If we expect our children to follow Christ, we must pray. Join us from 7-9 as we gather to seek God’s face, not His hand.
Sunday is a combined service of the three churches that meet in our building. The service begins at 11:00. I am looking forward to this day and to our time to exalt the Lord together.
Have a great day in the Lord,