Holy Week Project – Wednesday- Glorification of Jesus, the Resurrection is the Wisdom of God!

 
 

Holy Week

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
Posting by Lonnie Dufty

Glorification of Jesus, the Resurrection is the Wisdom of God!

 

Scripture: John 13:21-32 (NIV)

Reflection:

“Comments on the Glorification of Jesus.”

At the Last Supper, after Jesus had washed the feet of his disciples he grew troubled in spirit and spoke out “I say to you that one of you is about to betray me.” Asked which one of them it who would betray him, Jesus spoke no name, only took a bit of bread, dipped it into the common dish and gave it to Judas with the words “hurry up and do what you are going to do.” Jesus did not tell his disciples to restrain Judas or do anything at all to prevent the man from betraying him. Jesus did not even say openly that it was Judas was about to do. He merely waited till Judas had left and then turned to his remaining disciples to say “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him.”
The word “glory” as used in the New Testament is a bit of an invention of Jews who translated Hebrew into Greek. Technically, the Greek verb means “I think.” By extension the word came to refer to what a person thinks or remembers about another person, including the person’s public reputation after death. To the ancient Greeks and Romans what people thought about them after they died – their legacy – was extremely important. In visits to Rome and Greece I have seen the tombs upon which were engraved passages intending to define for succeeding generations how the deceased should be thought about and remembered. A survival of that way of thinking is our English expression “don’t speak evil of the dead.”
 
Somewhere along the process the Jewish translators infused the Greek word for “think” with a sense of wonder at the spectacular, something praiseworthy. The word “glory” was no longer a subjective opinion or thought but an objective and positive characteristic. The Apostle Paul hinted at this idea when he wrote in 1st Corinthians 11:15 that “a woman’s glory is her long hair.” In today’s text and in other contexts John quotes Jesus as attaching to the word “glory” something unique and wonderful about his impending betrayal and crucifixion. Betrayal and death as wonderful? No wonder the disciples were so confused when Jesus talked about his betrayal and crucifixion and didn’t grasp what Judas was about to do when he exited the upper room!
 
In letting Judas depart in peace after indicating to “the beloved disciple” what was going on, Jesus said nothing to prevent his betrayal. Far from acting surprised or fearful, Jesus outward response shows us the Lord viewed this betrayal as inevitable, the fulfillment of earlier statements such as John 12:23 when he said “when I am glorified I will draw all people to myself… a seed must fall into the ground and die after which it will multiply.”
 
How is it that Jesus did nothing, that he even viewed his coming death by crucifixion as something wonderful and positive? He said it himself: his being lifted up on the cross would would bring attention to himself and to the heavenly father. John 3:16 tells us Jesus’ death was a display of God’s love for the world. It was the supreme act of grace and forgiveness through which the human representation of the invisible God took upon Himself all that is wrong in this world. Foolish according to the thinking of the men who put him on the cross but the wisdom of God in that Jesus resurrection established once and for all his credentials as the living Son of God who had conquered death and hell. Wise in that the cross of Jesus has become the ultimate call to multitudes of people to “come and see what God has done.” This is how Jesus wants us to think about his cross, that special thing for which we remember Him!
 
Now that we understand how Jesus thought about his cross and how he wants us to remember his death, what are we to DO? Jesus provided the answer with a command and a promise in Matthew 28: 19 and 20. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
 
 

Scripture: John 13:21-32 (NIV)

John 13:21-32 New International Version (NIV)

21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him,a] God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

References:

Greek New Testament & Kittel’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament Vol. 2, pp 232 ff.