Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Take a moment and find some synonyms for the word “glory.” You probably found words like: adore, exalt, wonder, brilliance, grandeur, beauty. Every one of these words are true of Jesus. However, one time when His glory was revealed, it came so differently. To use a word from my grandkids, it was “wonky” glory—backwards-and-upside-down.
We typically think that glory comes with fame and honor, not in shame and dishonor; from being a winner, not a loser. We think it comes with power and authority, not in weakness and humiliation.
So let’s take a moment and see how different it was for Jesus when He came to His “hour of glory.”
“The hour has come for the Son of Man” — to be crushed under the pressure of carrying the weight of the world’s sins, making his sweat pores drip blood — “to be glorified.”
“The hour has come for the Son of Man” — to feel the traitor’s lips on His cheek, and to have the eyes of a “kangaroo court” sear Him with glares of hatred — “to be glorified.”
“The hour has come for the Son of Man” — to feel the hammer-like blows of raw knuckles and calloused hands; to experience thorns pressed into His scalp; to hear the sound of steel against nails; to sense the force of a hammer driving Him into the wood of an old rugged cross — “to be glorified.”
“The hour has come for the Son of Man” — to feel abandoned by His Father; to have a cold, rock slab in a tomb pressed against His skin — “to be glorified.”
“The hour has come for the Son of Man” — to experience a rush of air whisk back into His dead lungs; to triumphantly step out of a dark tomb and into the light of day — “to be glorified.”
The Son of Man came to that hour for you. Live in the light of it. Walk circumspectly. Be holy. Speak truthfully. Live honorably. Serve humbly. Rejoice abundantly. Live in a manner pleasing to the glorified Lord!
Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” John 12:23