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Daily Reading: 20th May 2015

John 13.31-32

31 When he went out, Jesus said: “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him;

32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and He will glorify Him at once.

It is often said by some people that others need to enter the real world, or that they need a good dose of reality. It is usually said by people who feel that those they are talking about do not live in the real world.

At the time of writing we are approaching a General Election and there are many people who believe that our politicians need a good dose of reality; that they need to try living in the real world of ordinary people.

There is no one better qualified to show us reality than Jesus. There was and is absolutely nothing false in Him.

Everything that Jesus did with the disciples revealed to them more of His reality. He was leading them to have a graduated revelation of His glory.

Jesus told the remaining eleven disciples that in that moment He was being glorified, and God was being glorified in Him.

The significance of what Jesus said has to be seen within the context of Jesus releasing Judas to go and betray Him. In that act of release is displayed something more of the glory of both Jesus and the Father.

It shows that Jesus was in control of the whole scene. He gave Judas the authority to go and betray Him. In this He was controlling His final steps that were to lead to our salvation.

The Father was also glorified in that He lovingly released Jesus, His beloved Son, to go to the cross and pay the price of the sins of the whole world.

The Father’s glory is seen in John 3.16:

This is the way in which God loved the world: it was so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who is believing in Him should not be lost, but might have eternal life.

The glory of the Father in Jesus is true reality.

We can only assume that satan may have tempted Jesus to withhold His permission to allow Judas to go out and betray Him. If so, the glory of Jesus is seen in His determination to resist the tempter. This is to His glory, glory that led Him to save the lost; you and me.

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