Today's Reading: John 12:1-43
"And Jesus answered saying to them, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." (John 12:29)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The glory of God is seen not in the bright-shining light of the Father. It's not in the great show of power of God: miracles, burning bushes, and pillars of fire. It's not even in the afterglow on the face of Moses when He had seen God which was so otherworldly that the children of Israel made Him cover His face.
That was the glory of God people expected to see. That was the way the children of Israel saw the glory of God. They saw the pillar of cloud and fire that led them through the wilderness after Egypt. God was with them. His glory went before them and behind them!
But that power and might of God doesn't save sinners. Not because God isn't powerful or glorious enough to save us, but because His holiness consumes sinners and their sins. The glory of God is dangerous to sinners. It kills them. No one can stand before God on His own. No one can see God. Give that God up today, for if power and might is what you want from God, you'll be consumed on the Last Day.
The hour that has come for the Son of Man to be glorified is the Cross. The Cross is where Jesus shows the greatest glory, power, and majesty of Almighty God. Because of Jesus, God doesn't treat sinners as they deserve. He doesn't harbor the well-deserved anger against them. He takes all His anger and wrath out upon His Son.
The glory of God is the beaten, bruised, rejected Jesus hanging limp and dead on the Cross. The glory of God is the death of God on the Tree. The glory of God is the burial of death itself in a tomb.
God's might is seen in your weakness; you can't save yourself. God's majesty is delivered in water and Word that saves you. God's glory is shown in the mercy of the words, "In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins." God's incomprehensible glory is fed to you in the Body and Blood of the crucified and now-raised Jesus that is put into your mouth at His Supper.
Then, glory that you would never expect--in the fruit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, in faith, gentleness, and self-control. Glory in the forgiveness of sins from Jesus to you and from you to every one! Glory in the daily living out of what He has given for us to do each day for those He has given us to love.
The hour is coming for Jesus to be glorified! Good Friday is soon! Our salvation is near! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.