Read: John 13:21-32
When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. (John 13:31-32, NIV)
What comes to your mind when you think about something or someone being glorified? To be glorified means: “To give glory, honor, or high praise to…; exalt.” I think of putting that thing or that person on a platform and commending it or them to others.
I have watched, from afar, the parades given in honor of the World Series Champions: streaming ticker tape, bands playing in their honor, speeches given commending their great performance, keys to the city presented to players and management alike. For a period of time, they are made to feel like kings of the world. Television parades them across the screen, they meet the President, their hometowns greet them as heroes. That is what I think about, when I think of someone being glorified.
Jesus speaks of being glorified and NONE of these images are in his head. They may be in the minds of his followers, in fact, I am certain they were. Jesus speaks of being glorified and he is thinking about doing the will of His Father, God. Jesus speaks of being glorified and he is thinking about being handed over to the authorities, who will judge him unjustly and beat him, and hand him over to death. Jesus speaks of being glorified and sees himself nailed to the Cross. Jesus speaks of being glorified and understands the necessity of taking upon himself the sins of the whole world. Jesus understands that being glorified means finishing the work His Father, God sent him to do; and, from the Cross, he speaks, “It Is FINISHED!”
What can we do to bring glory to our lives? What can we do that we might hear the words of our Father/God, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23, NIV)