What is glory? How was Jesus glorified? One time was his entry into Jerusalem.
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’ [John 12:12-13]
The crowd honour Jesus acknowledging his identity. He has achieved iconic status in their lives.
Do we glorify God through a passionate and single hearted focus on Jesus?
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’ [Luke 19:39-40]
The second indication is Jesus’ character in challenging circumstances. He neither ignores, nor attacks his accusers, but affirms truth with humility.
Do we respond to trying circumstances with grace?
Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. [John 12:17-18]
The third part of glory comes through what Jesus has done –raising Lazarus from death. The Father honours those who do his will.
Do we serve Jesus through doing his will?
Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. [John 12:23]
Yet Jesus points to a greater glory to come- his death on the cross.
Over the next weeks I plan to explore each of these three areas of glory.