“Its Time for Elevation-Glorification of Jesus”
I. Jesus the Miracle Worker and Desire of the People
The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.” (John 12:12-19)
A. In the year 2012 it’s our privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to elevate Jesus. Truly we cannot elevate Him beyond where the Father has already elevated Him, (for he is seated at the right hand of the Father and has been given a name that is above every other name; Colossians 3:1;Philippians 2:9 ) but we can be mindful and committed to exalting Jesus in our thoughts, actions, plans, and dreams.
B. When we exalt Him it places us in right relationship to Jesus. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (1 Peter 5:5-6) In the place of humility we can see the Grace of God work in and through us in ways that will not take place otherwise.Recognizing His place and work in our lives while promoting and bearing witness to His Glory will attract others to Jesus.
II. Jesus the Desire of the Nations
Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. (John 12:20-23)
A.During the week of Jesus’ passion some Greeks came and asked to see Jesus and Jesus’ response was “the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” The action of the Greeks coming to seek Jesus did not precipitate the time for Jesus’ glorification, but was a sign that the time for His glorification had come. (Isaiah 11:10)
B. Philip was evidently somewhat surprised and consulted with Andrew to get a second opinion as to whether they would report this to Jesus, and His response had to be astounding to the apostles. The process of Glorification would be revealed to them shortly thereafter.
III. Jesus the Desire of the Father
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose 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.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. (John 12:24-30)
A.The process of God’s Glorification is always predicated by death. The seed must fall to the ground and die for the the fruit to come forth and the promised life bound up in the seed to be realized and glorified.
B. GLO’RIFY, v.t. [L. gloria and facio, to make.] 1. To praise; to magnify and honor in worship; to ascribe honor to, in thought or words. To glorify meaning assigning dignity, praise, and worth to something or someone. Jesus declares that the time for His own glorification had come it would be through the Cross it would be accomplished. For there the Seed would die and fall to the ground, and through that process He would be resurrected to New Life and would lead many other Sons to glory.(Hebrews 2:10)
C. It’s time for us to follow the Lord Jesus and exalt Him through losing our lives for His sake. When we allow this process of God to take place in our lives He promises the Father will honor us.In other words when we serve Jesus and glorify him in our lives; we receive glorification from the Father.
D. Jesus declared that this process of Death he would endure was the very reason He had come.Through it Father would Glorify His Name.
IV. Jesus the Glorified-Our Desire
Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. (John 12:31-33)
A. Now is the judgment of this world…There are many different thoughts on this phrase, but considering the context and the Greek Word for judgment (krisis-from which we get the word crisis) one should not think that the final judgment on the world was about to take place. We know in scripture that there is a future date upon which the judgment of God will fall on the rebellious and disobedient. However, it was through the happenings of the next few days especially the 6 hour period Jesus hung on the cross which was the decisive event in determining (judging) who would rule and be Glorified as the King of the Earth. Therefore the ruler of this world would be removed cast out of that place of authority- thus Jesus declared(s) to His disciples at His Ascension; “All authority has been given to me.in heaven and earth ” (Matthew 28:18)
B. Jesus then gives them a sign of how this judgment would take place and accomplished. It is also a reference point back to a part of Israeli history where in the wilderness the children of Israel had grumbled against Moses and the Lord and fiery serpents came forth in the wilderness and began to bite them and they were dying. God gave Moses the remedy…And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.(Numbers 21:8-9) Jesus reiterates this point…And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:14-15)
C. Jesus was lifted up on the cross, for He is the remedy for man’s condition and through the process of death on the cross He is Glorified as the Savior of the World and the King of kings and Lord of Lords. When we glorify and elevate Him in our lives we will see His life flow through us bringing change and transformation everywhere.