As the clock began to run down to the final moments, the Lord struggled with the mission and where things stood. While Jesus was completely God, He was also completely man. John did a masterful job of pulling back the curtain and allowing us to see Jesus’ personal anguish and frustration.
In these final days, there was little left to be done. Jesus was, in effect, telling the followers, “This is it! I am at the climax of my mission. In these final days, Father, glorify your name.” Then God speaks audibly back, “I have glorified my name, and I will glorify it again!”
One has to wonder how many nights when Jesus would go off and pray that He and the Father had these open and two-way conversations. It was kind of God and of John to let us in on one. Jesus had convinced many of His role as Messiah, but most had not yet understood that He was the Messiah for eternity. He never claimed to be an earthly king, nor did He ever desire such a limited role.
As this final week moved forward, all would soon see what God’s promises and prophecy really meant. Jesus had not minced words, but none of these folks would be able to grasp the sacrifice or the payoff until it actually occurred. God knew that, as did Jesus. Soon, His disciples would finally understand. Once they understood, they would become firebrands and builders. They would lead thousands to a relationship with the living Savior and begin to change the world.
It is great to be able to look back at the scene and know Jesus was God. We do not have to struggle as the disciples did. Still, we often underestimate His power in our lives and His leadership in our personal journeys.
As His chosen, we must walk by faith, through all the circumstances placed in our path. As we do, we need to glorify God with our attitudes and our actions. We can never give up nor ever lose hope. Jesus has and will complete His work in our lives until we either join the Lord in Heaven, or Jesus returns as the Mighty Warrior and reclaims the world.God Bless You
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up[g] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.