John 13:31-32, NIV
31 When he [Judas] was gone, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of
Man glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified
in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him
at once."


December 5, 2011
It's hard to know what to do with all the glory in these two verses.

Jesus said he would be glorified and God would be glorified in him. God
will be seen in Jesus. When? The time is now. If God is glorified in him,
then God will glorify the Son (Jesus) in himself and do so at once.

I said in one of my earlier entries that, in the New Testament, glory is
frequently connected to the cross of Jesus. God is glorified in the death
of Jesus. God will be seen, God will be made known, on the cross of
Calvary. That's hard for most humans to grasp.

What exactly is the glory of God? Moses reacted with fear and awe,
and associated the presence of God with bright light, smoke, lightening,
and a cloud over the tabernacle. Was that God's glory? Is God's glory
that which causes men and women to praise his name? Is God's glory
something internal with God or does God's glory result from the
adoration and thankfulness of his children? Again, I have too many
questions and not enough answers.

In John's gospel, there is a connection between the obedience of
Jesus and God's glory? When Jesus submits to the cross, we are
able to see God in him.



                                           John 13:33-35, NIV
33 "My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look
for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am
going, you cannot come.

34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved
you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know
that you are my disciples, if you love one another."


December 6, 2011
"My children" is a tender expression. Jesus is going away. The disciples
will look for him, but not be able to find him. Because they can not come
where Jesus is going. Not now; not yet.

But here's what you can do/must do, in the meantime. For me and for
yourselves. Love one another. This is a new commandment. Some
would argue it is a summation of all the commandments that went
before. Just three little words. So simple. So obvious. "As I have loved
you so you must love one another." The world will know you belong
to Jesus if you love as Jesus loved.

Reminds me of a song we sang back in the 70's, written by Peter
Scholtes:
          "We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
          We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
          And we pray that all unity may one day be restored
          And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
          They will know we are Christians by our love

          "We will work with each other, we will work side by side
          We will work with each other, we will work side by side
          And we'll guard each one's dignity and save each one's pride
          And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
          They will know we are Christians by our love

          "We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
          We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
          And together we'll spread the news that God is in our land
          And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
          They will know we are Christians by our love."

I'm not so sure that Christians around the world are known for their
love. If we were, we wouldn't be mocked so much.

 

                                          John 13:36-38, NIV
36 Simon Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus
replied, "Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will
follow later." 37 Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you." 38 Then Jesus answered, "Will
you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before
the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!"


December 7, 2011
Peter wanted some answers. Where are you going? And why can't
I come with you now? Peter wanted to hold on to Jesus and not let
him go. That's a natural reaction. We've all felt that way when faced
with a loved one's departure.

"Lord, I'd do anything for you. I'd even die for you." That's where Peter
got into trouble, where he put his foot into his mouth. Jesus corrected
him. It all sounds good, Peter, but it's not true. In your heart you
believe you would die with me, or even die in my place. But the truth
is, before this night is over, you will disown me three times!

Again we see the humanness of Peter. He is so much like us. We
swear allegiance, but when the chips are down, we don't come
through.

Peter must have felt crushed. And shamed before the others--for
just a brief while, until they all realized that if Jesus would say that
to Peter, he could say it to any of the rest of them. This night is
not going well.

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