“There were certain Greeks from out of those going up to worship at the feast. And so they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, ‘Lord, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip came and told Andrew, Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.’” (St. John 12:1-23)
In the name of Jesus. Amen. How is the Son of Man glorified? Is He glorified by some Greeks coming to see Him?
While these Gentiles seeking Him is to the glory of God, the Son of Man does not receive His glory from men.
The hour has come for them to mock the Son of Man. The hour has come for them to beat the Son of Man. The hour has come for them to put a crown of thorns on the forehead of the Son of Man. The hour has come for them to drive nails into the hands and feet of the Son of Man. The hour has come for the Son of Man to be lifted off the earth on the Cross. The hour has come for the Son of Man to die.
How is the Son of Man glorified? On the Cross. The glory of God is not seen in Jesus doing some miraculous sign like raising Lazarus from the dead. That’s glorious, but it is not the glory of God. The Son of Man is glorified when He hangs dead on the Cross having answered for all your sins.
That’s how the Son of Man is glorified! He dies for you and me! He dies on the Tree and answers for every evil thing we have ever done. The glory of God is how He is toward you: the Son of Man dies for you.
After He dies for you, He rises from the dead for you on the third day. He delivers His life, His glory, to you in His gifts. The glory of God comes to you when the Son of Man gives you new life in Holy Baptism.
The glory of God comes to you when the Son of Man forgives all your sins in Holy Absolution. The glory of God comes to you in the Body and Blood of Jesus given for you to eat and drink for the forgiveness of your sins. The glory of God is heard in the Word, where God promises to not treat us as we merit!
Good Friday is almost here. The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. In the name of Jesus.Amen.
“Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we,who amid so many adversities do fail through our own infirmities, may be restored through the Passion and intercession of Thine only-begotten Son; who liveth, and reigneth, with you and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.” (the Collect for Holy Monday)
Higher Things Reflections are written by Rev. George F. Borghardt III, Assistant Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Conroe, TX.