All Glory to Jesus
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. ~John 12:23
The Bible makes very clear that we were made to glorify the Lord. We are not to glory in our wisdom, our wealth, or our power. Giving glory to God is giving Him the honor, the acknowledgement, and complete magnification for everything. Someone said, “giving glory to Jesus is when we make Jesus look good!” Within a few days, Jesus would give His life a ransom for many. He said, “the hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified.” Jesus would get the glory for His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins.” Our lives must constantly give Him glory.
Jesus is glorified through his crucifixion.
He said, “if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto myself.” The crucifixion of Christ led to a shedding of His precious blood for every sinner. His suffering for every sinner was the just dying for the unjust that He might bring us to God. His death on the cross satisfied God’s demands for sin to be satisfied. Though the unjust crowd mocked and railed upon Him, Jesus is glorified through the cross. Through His death on the cross, salvation is available for every sinner. The cross is the means by which sin has been paid for. Jesus is glorified through the cross!
Jesus is glorified through confession.
John 12 highlights people who were either ashamed of Jesus or confessed Him as their Lord and Savior. Mary of Bethany glorified Jesus when in the presence of many people at a dinner she broke an alabaster box and poured expensive spikenard on Him. The odor of the spikenard filled the entire house. Everyone present knew something magnificent was done. Her act confessed He was her Savior and Lord. On the other hand, there were chief rulers who believed in Him but were ashamed to let their peers know. These men loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. Our silent witness discredits the person of Christ. Confession of Christ is making public our testimony that Jesus is our Savior and lives within us. He is glorified through our confession.
Jesus is glorified through conversions.
Some Greeks came to that same city looking for Jesus. They came to Philip, who took them to Andrew, and together these two men brought them to Jesus. Jesus desires to draw all men to himself. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Lazarus sat at the table where Jesus dined. After His resurrection, he made a determination to be as close to Jesus as possible. Later we are told that many of the Jews believed on Jesus because of him. Don’t you want people to believe on Jesus because of you? We sometimes get weary of being exhorted to win souls to Christ. However, “the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” There is more joy in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth than ninety nine who are already saved. Think of how much glory Jesus receives when a sinner accepts Him as Savior. That sinner has confessed that only through the death of Christ and His resurrection they can be saved. His testimony points other lost people to Jesus. Heaven rejoices! Heaven is added to! People are encouraged! Yes, Jesus is glorified when there are conversions.
“The hour is come that the Son of Man is glorified.” Let’s give all glory to Jesus!
Have a Christ-glorifying God morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Mark 12-13