Sermon #760 THE FATHER AND THE SON GLORIFIED
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee (JOH 17:1).
The glory of the Father is the ultimate goal of the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the other hand, the Father is glorified in glorifying the Son. The hour spoken of in our text was the hour of darkness, pain, shame, and reproach. It was the hour spoken of in HEB 13:11-12, "For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate." These sacrifices were burned outside of the camp because any person who was unclean had to stay outside of the camp. They were a type of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin for His church and was crucified outside of the camp. He had to suffer as a sinner. You and I must be willing to bear His reproach and go with Him outside of the camp.
Our Saviour knew He was to be betrayed by one of His own as we see in JOH 13:21, "When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me." The Lord Jesus was both God and man, and He was not to suffer as the Son of God, but in His human nature. It troubled Him that one of His own disciples would betray Him. He knew that He was approaching an hour of reproach, shame and disgrace. He was approaching an hour of suffering outside of the camp and being unworthy to be inside the camp. He was preparing to suffer the greatest reproach and ignominy that any human being had ever suffered.
Our Saviour knew His disciples would all forsake Him as we read in MAT 26:31, "Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad." See the hour in which the Lord Jesus asked to be glorified. It seems like such a paradox until we start to unfold wherein He would be glorified.
He also knew His enemies would mock and rail on Him as we see in MAT 27:39-42, "And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him." In other words, now in this hour, when we have gained the mastery over Him, let Him come down from the cross and we will believe Him. Satan, that old serpent, was given the power to wound Him in His heel. Satan, hanging onto His heel, tried to drag Him off the cross to defeat His purpose of coming to redeem His church. Can you imagine what a temptation they were casting at our Saviour that He would come down from the cross and not fulfill the redemption of His church? All the forces of hell attacked Him through the chief priests and the scribes, the leaders of the church.
As our Saviour approached such an hour of reproach, He turned unto His Father in such a submissive prayer, not that He should escape the hour, but that the Father would glorify Him in that hour. In many instances the Father did glorify Him in times of humiliation.
Abraham had a great promise before he left Ur of the Chaldees, that the Lord would make of him a great nation. During his lifetime Abraham had other lesser promises, and many of them he lived to see fulfilled, but he never lived to see the fulfillment of that first, great promise. The Lord told him near the end of his life that his seed would go into Egypt and be there four hundred years, and there the Lord would make of him a nation, and then He would bring them back into the Land of Promise.
At His humble birth our Saviour was born in a manger because there was no room for Him in the inn (any more than there is in the heart of the unconverted), but a star was placed in the heavens to mark where the young child lay, that He may be glorified. MAT 2:10-11 says, "When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." The Lord Jesus saw there a foretaste of His glory. He was being glorified. He was being worshiped. The Lord glorified Him at His birth and throughout His ministry.
Our Saviour was tempted forty days by the devil, but glorified by His Father even at the climax of such a trial as He defended His Fathers glory to the end. MAT 4:8-11 says, "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve [The Father also honored His Son with His reward in such a trial]. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." The devil wanted to tempt Him to take a short cut. He was going to offer Him a kingdom that He thought would be appealing to Him instead of the kingdom His Father had offered Him. We see in these verses that the uppermost desire in the Saviours heart was to worship the Father. The Father was honored in His Son resisting the devil, and the Father honored Him for doing this.
Even in that very hour of which our Saviour spoke in our text, the Father gave the Son a foretaste of His glory. MAT 21:9-11 says, "And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."
MAT 21:15-16 says, "And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?" The Lord Jesus had a foretaste of that glory that He was praying for.
He was glorified before His very enemies as we see in JOH 18:4-6, "Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground." Even while Judas and all His enemies were standing there, with the saying of I-Am, the name of Jehovah, they fell to the ground. Humanly speaking, you would ask, how would they have dared to put a hand on Him? He was telling them that He was Jehovah, the Son of God, and in so saying, they went backward and fell to the ground.
The veil of the temple was rent in two. One thief scoffed at Him while the other worshiped Him as King. Thus Christ was still glorified even in His saddest hour.
Again Christ is our example even in His hour of greatest reproach. The afflictions of His dear children are not all bitterness. Most often some of the sweetest experiences are found in the sorest trials. If you and I had never known what it was to be tried, we would never know what it is to tell of deliverances. Some of the sweetest deliverances we have ever experienced were as a result of our sorest trials.
The Lord Jesus Christ prayed "Glorify Thy Son" as He approached the greatest hour of reproach. To the eye of faith the ignominy of the cross itself is His throne of glory. JOH 12:32-33 says, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die." As Christ is lifted up before the eye of faith, that crucified Christ draws all men unto Him.
REV 5:10-12 says, "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." That hour becomes the theme of His glory throughout eternity.
Our Saviours glorification is expressed by His being lifted up. Thus Calvary is as much a throne of honor as the glory of the Mount of Olives. LUK 24:50-53 says, "And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God." As He lifted up His hands He was showing that their names were engraved in His hands. He was showing them the scars in His hands that He received at Calvary, and therein lay the assurance of our salvation.
How often even in this day are our Saviours praises sung by turning the eye of faith back unto Calvarys cross? When we sing the hymns from our hymnal, we sing the praises of the blessed Redeemer and the blood shed on the cross. From the cross, His throne, He looks down on the humble and contrite ones and draws all men unto Him.
As our text reveals, the Son seeks the glory of the Father and the Father is glorified in rewarding the Son for the glory the Father received in the finished work of the Son. JOH 17:4-5 says, "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."
The Fathers ultimate glory was in rewarding His Son for such humble obedience in our human nature. There is a distinction between the divine nature and human nature. Christ glorified the Father in His human nature, whereby the purpose of Gods creation was fulfilled. He created man for His glory, and man fell and became an enemy of God. Now the sacrifice of Jesus Christ fulfills the purpose of His creation, that is, that He should be glorified by the jewel of His creation. PHI 2:9-11 says, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
The eternal purpose of the Trinity is to glorify each other as we can see from JOH 13:31-32, "Therefore, when [Judas] was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him." The departure of Judas brought Jesus into that hour of darkness, and it was in that hour of darkness that Jesus was so glorified. If we want to have God honor us, we must first honor God.
This principle holds true also in our lives as we find in MAL 2:2, "If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart." Israel had become rebellious. They were not willing to give glory to God. They were looking to establish their own throne, not Gods. It is a grievous thing to see a persons blessing turned into a curse.
The Lord must be honored before He will honor us. 1-SA 2:30 says, "Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed."
See how the Lord pleads with His people in MAL 1:6, "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you." Do we dare call God our Father? Do we dare come to Him as our God and then not honor and obey Him?
The believers faith is not only a belief that the Lord is God, but also that His reward is the object of their faith. We serve God because we love Him, but we also serve Him with an eye on His reward as a token of His love back to us. HEB 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." If you and I say we have faith, we must have faith and trust in the reward that God has promised as the object of our faith. We must believe and trust that God will give us this reward. If we do not, we do not have faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ endured the cross, despising the shame, with His eye of faith fixed upon the reward. We see this in HEB 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." That reward was held out before Him. His joy was that His Father would be so glorified that He would reward Him by glorifying Him with the glory He had with the Father before the world was.
When we learn to look unto the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ in our saddest hour of trial, when we feel like everything comes against us, we will find that our afflictions become so small as our eye is on the reward instead of present circumstances. HEB 12:3-4 says, "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin."
In my own life, I have found many times I had a sinking feeling and I felt like I was going to collapse. Then the Holy Spirit would take Christ and set Him before my eye of faith and show me that Christ was in that exact same circumstance, that He was tempted with that exact sin or brought under that exact trial. This would make me feel like the trial was over even though the circumstances had not been altered.
2CO 4:17-18 says, "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." We stop looking at present circumstances, and look at the reward that is held out before us.
We can never enter glory without following the footsteps of the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, who suffered first before He was glorified. It would be so nice for the flesh if we could just stay in this world and enjoy everything of the flesh and have everything our way and then just take one quick little hop over Jordan and then be in glory and be delivered from it all. However, the Lords ordained way is to make us fit in character. If we have not been sanctified in this life, we will not be sanctified after this life, and that is a lesson that a lot of people do not understand. They think they can live in hatred, malice and greed in this life and then when they die some special thing will happen and all of a sudden they will be clean. That is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that we must be cleansed in this life, and if we are filthy we will remain filthy still. In this life we will suffer with Christ if we are going to be glorified together. You cannot separate the two. The only path to heaven is the footsteps of Christ. In LUK 24:25-26 Jesus said to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?" This was Gods foreordained plan. He was to suffer these things and then enter into glory. The Lord Jesus Christ came to suffer in the place of His church, what we deserved.
As we follow our blessed Shepherd in the way of the cross, we will find that the way to glory is through the valley of humiliation. We see this in HEB 2:9-10, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." The Lord Jesus Christ never sinned. He was perfect, but He was made sin for you and me. He had to suffer what you and I deserve.
It is shear folly to imagine that we should enter glory before we have had fellowship in His reproach and suffering. We will be mocked if we are one of His. We will not have the praises of men and the glory of the world and then step from there into the glory of the Father. 2TI 2:10-12 says, "Therefore I endure all things for the elects sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us."
Are we dead with Christ? ROM 6:10 says, "For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God." Have we become dead unto sin, self and this world? If the answer is no, we will not live with Him.
The promises are to those who overcome. If we are to fellowship with Christ in His glory, we must first fellowship in His reproach and suffering. ROM 8:16-17 says, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." If we do not suffer with Him we will not be glorified with Him. Unless we take up the cross, crucify the flesh and become dead to sin, the world and self, we will not live with Him.
Christ first glorified His Father before He asked the Father to glorify Him, and even that for His own glory. So many want to preach a Christ who is nothing more than a fire escape. They do not want to preach a Christ who means sanctification. They want to preach justification as the only element to salvation, but that is not the teaching of the scripture.
Now his reward is that our hearts shall bow at the name of Jesus. Will we try to steal His reward and refuse to bow at the name of Jesus, to refuse to come into His service and still claim salvation? That was the reward that the Father gave Him. Christ will be glorified by our acknowledging His rightful glory throughout all eternity. As long as we rebel against Jesus and refuse to bow to His authority, we have no claim to salvation.
The Father was so glorified by the perfect obedience of the Son that He will not be honored without the Son. We cannot honor God the Father without honoring the Son, because the Father is glorified in the Son. JOH 5:22-23 says, "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him." What honor do we show the Son except unconditional surrender to His scepter of authority.
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