GLORY BE TO JESUS!

I. He deserves it

II. He deflects it


John 12:20-33 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up

to worship at the Feast. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in

Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22

Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus

replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 I tell

you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it

remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 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. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me;

and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one

who serves me. 27 “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. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven,

“I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there

and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time

for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven

out. 32 But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to

myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

In the name of Jesus Christ, to whom all glory be given, dear Christian friends,

You just scored the winning basket in the league championship game. Are you

content to slowly saunter off to the locker room, calmly shower and change and silently

drive home to immediately climb into bed and go to sleep?

You just rescued an elderly woman from her burning home. Do you prefer that

no one else knows, that no one else notices, that no one else notarizes you as the hero?

For most of us, the sinful nature and its goal for personal glory gets the best of us

and we yearn for the limelight. Most of us would like to be lifted up on the shoulders of

our teammates and fans to celebrate our clutch shooting. Most of us would look for some

media recognition or to be compensated handsomely for our heroics. How often haven’t

we wanted to change the words of that great Palm Sunday song (CW 131) to be: “all

glory, laud and honor to me, Redeemer King”?


GLORY BE TO JESUS!

I. He deserves it

II. He deflects it


2 But, next week when we sing that hymn, the words will rightly be: “all glory, laud

and honor to you, Redeemer King!” While our sinful nature bristles at the idea of not

receiving praise or giving it away to someone else, what we just sang a moment ago is

absolutely correct and God-pleasing, GLORY BE TO JESUS! While in perfect

submission to his heavenly Father’s plan of salvation I. He deserves it, yet in perfect

humility II. He deflects it.

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the

Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request.

“Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew

and Philip in turn told Jesus.

Today, if someone famous comes to town and you want to get a picture with him

or an autograph from him, you might ask one of the bodyguards or groupies to get you

access. Similarly, these Greek converts checked with one of Jesus’ disciples, Philip, for

an audience with Jesus. Were they hoping to see a miracle? Did they want a question

and answer session?

We are not told if Jesus rejected their request or had an undocumented

conversation with them or if the following words were specifically for these Greeks along

with the rest of the crowd, but the next words and actions recorded by the Apostle John

are indeed a great way to “see Jesus”, as these Greeks requested.

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell

you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a

single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Glory be to Jesus! He lived a perfect life! He died an innocent death! He rose

from the dead triumphantly! Through his death, he would produce many seeds, that is,

people who would believe in him as their Savior, bloom in their sanctified living and

grow to eternal life in heaven.

Jesus deserves all glory! He did what we could not do! He defeated the devil!

He destroyed death’s power! He squashed sin and its punishment! Yet, in his great

humility, he deflected the glory due him and he teaches us to do the same.

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; and where I

am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

The world tells us to glorify ourselves. The world tells us it is all about us. How

easy it is to listen to that message because that is what our sinful nature loves to hear.

How often we have fallen into that trap and said, “glory be to me!”

But Jesus tells us the exact opposite. He tells us that loving ourselves will lead to

hell, while loving him will lead to heaven. He tells us to follow him and serve others. He

tells us we will be glorified by the only one who counts— our Father in heaven— when

we serve him, not ourselves.

After deflecting the glory due him and putting the focus on those who would

serve and follow him, Jesus returns to his own situation and what he was thinking, feeling

and saying: “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!”


3 As a human who would soon endure the most physically excruciating death, as

well as the greatest spiritual pain, by his suffering death and even hell, on Calvary’s

cross, Jesus’ heart was rightly troubled. Wouldn’t yours be?

Yet, Jesus was not going to run away from this situation. He knew why he had

come to earth thirty years before and why he had come to Jerusalem this week. He was

there to win forgiveness for every one of our sins— the adultery and idolatry, the

addiction and insubordination, the lust and distrust that resides in our heart and resonates

in our life. He was there to accomplish our salvation. He was there to glorify his

heavenly Father!

Even though Jesus deserved the glory, he deflected it to his heavenly Father.

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The

crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had

spoken to him. Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine.

There is another famous hymn (CW 239) that comes to my mind here: “Glory be

to God the Father, Glory be to God the Son, Glory be to God the Spirit, Great Jehovah,

Three in One!” The glory due Jesus is the glory due the heavenly Father and vice versa

because they are united as the holy Triune God. The Father’s voice from heaven at

Jesus’ baptism and at his Transfiguration and now days before his death was to let the

people know that Jesus’ job was to glorify his heavenly Father and, in turn, be glorified

himself by completing our salvation!

Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will

be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to

myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

Glory be to Jesus! He has driven out the prince of this world, Satan, so that he

can no longer have authority over us and we no longer have to obey him! Jesus was

lifted up from the earth— suspended from a cross— in order to draw all people to

himself in saving faith in order to draw all people to himself in heaven. While Jesus hid

his true nature at times during his ministry, the time was now right to reveal himself and

to receive the glory due him for his unique work.

The next time we want to raise our index finger into the sky and claim top honor

for ourselves, let’s point that finger to the cross and to the skies and tell others that Jesus


is the real champion. The next time people want to hail us as their hero for some death-

defying rescue, let’s direct them to Jesus as the one who rescued us from certain death in

hell and gathered us in as his very own for time and for eternity. In all aspects of our life,

glory be to Jesus!

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