Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ (John 12:27-28)
A troubled soul is not something we tend to associate with Jesus. Ourselves perhaps, but not Jesus. Today's words dispel any notion we may have that the trial, suffering, and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ was easy. Jesus knew what lay ahead, and in his humanity expressed a desire to escape the hardship. And yet, he persevered because he had clarity on his purpose: to glorify the Father's name.
In the gospel of John, glory is simply the revealing of God. Jesus then is the fullness of God's glory, because Jesus most completely reveals who God is to us — full of grace and truth. Often, we hear that Jesus died for our sins, but here Jesus expresses that his death would glorify the Father's name. There is this beautiful truth that when we see and understand who God is, we will glorify God's name.
As we move closer to Good Friday, let us not dismiss the burden carried by Jesus. Let us also open our eyes to God's glory in Jesus, that we may see God more clearly because of Jesus. Glory, after all, speaks for itself.
Lord Jesus Christ, We are ever thankful for your resolve that carried you through trouble. Let our souls glorify God's name as we remember your sacrifice this week. Amen.
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