Glory to God Through the Cross
Jesus tells his disciples in John 12:23 that “the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” As minister Aaron Hill continues his series on the gospel of John, he reminds listeners that Jesus’ glorification doesn’t look like what his followers then or even now see as glorification. They nor we expect what Jesus says will be done to Him; that He will be glorified by submitting to a cruel death. After all, He is the Son of God, the Messiah. He could have come with fire, lightning, and thunder, wiping out all who stood in opposition to Him. That was the kind of power His audience expected of their Messiah. Yet, Jesus went to the cross, a place that shows weakness, not power. Only God could use the cross as a means to glory, so how does Jesus on the cross glorify God? It glorifies God as just; what is wrong must be righted. It glorifies God as loving; Jesus willingly going to the cross show His great love for us. For us, glory and power mean being lifted up and celebrated by the world, but Jesus chose to be lifted up on a cross, enduring pain, suffering, and death so that we as His followers might live.