The Glory of the Cross
April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
The strange tension of life and death. That is what Holy Week confronts us with. In John 12:20-36 Jesus relates death (his and ours) to glorification. “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (12:23). Holy Week – that week of death – is Jesus’ moment of glory. But his glorification comes through an obedience that glorifies the name of the Father. An obedience that leads to dying for the sake of something new is always counter intuitive. “Now my heart 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. Father glorify your name!” (12:27). And yet, that is the truth of the gospel. Life comes through death. In terms of Jesus’ parable, “I tell you the truth, unless an ear of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (12:24). Which leads to the truth about our glorification. “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me… My Father will honor (glorify) the one who serves me” (12:25-26). This week is our moment of glory… to die in ourselves (what needs to die in you?) so that the glory of the Father can shine in and through us for the sake of new life in and around us.