HOST: Ron House
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.
Lest we think that, because Jesus was God in the flesh, He was above the human emotions of fear, dread, and sorrow, we are reminded by our Lord that, as He contemplated His coming suffering and death, His soul was troubled. But we are also reminded in those same words that it was for this very purpose that He had come. To become the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for sin, was His ultimate purpose in this world. His only prayer and request was that God and His name be glorified through Him. In this third recorded time during Jesus’ ministry that God’s voice is heard from heaven, Jesus is assured that God’s name will be glorified through Him. Throughout the ages, God’s name had been glorified through His many mighty acts, and through the godly and faithful lives of His servants. The God of heaven had proven time and again to be far above every principality and power, and above every false god that had been named by mankind. But in Jesus Christ, God would be glorified in a greater way than ever before. Jesus, the suffering servant, would be God’s greatest demonstration of His power, love, righteousness, and mercy. To God be the glory!
How did Jesus’ sacrifice glorify God?
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