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Now the Son of Man Has Been Glorified

As soon as Judas left the Upper Room to betray Jesus, the Lord declared: “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in Him.”John 13:31
 
It is easy to overlook this brief statement in the context of all the dramatic events that occurred that dark night…the washing of the disciples’ feet, the communion meal, the agony of Gethsemane, and the terrible ordeal of the Cross.  Yet Jesus would mention “glory” ten times during the Last Supper.  God wants us to understand something special here.
 
The word “glory” and its variations (e.g., glorious, glorified) occur altogether 538 times in the King James Bible. It describes something tangible that can be seen and experienced, such as the light and majesty of God’s presence.  It depicts something intangible that draws our attention by its excellence, such as God’s glorious power, holiness and victories (e.g., crossing the Red Sea).  It is also used as an action verb, as when the Father glorifies the Son, who glorifies the Father.  
 
Jesus’ repeated mentions of glory at the Last Supper point to the root word for “glory” in the Greek language of the New Testament,dóksa, which means “to ascribe weight by recognizing real substance and value.”  A variation of the same root word, doksásō, means to “value someone for who they really are.”  (From Strong’s concordance.)
 
The night of the Last Supper Jesus was saying He was finally being recognized and valued for who He really is, for the “glory” (i.e., substance and value) He had before the foundation of the world (John 17:5)!  All the amazing miracles He performed on earth and all the remarkable truths He shared pale beside the surpassing value of His death on the Cross and Resurrection from the dead!
 
Jesus finished work on the Cross carries great weight: the forgiveness of our sins and restoration to our lives of the substance and value God intended for us from the Beginning.  At the Last Supper, Jesus was saying in so many ways He was about to restore true value back to everyone who believes in Him.  Consider John 17:22-23, the next to last mention of “glory” before He went to the Cross:
 

“I have given them the glory that You [i.e., the Father] gave Me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and You in Me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”

Jesus, Himself, summarized the deepest meaning of God’s glory, which is the goodness of God’s love. From the Beginning, our heavenly Father has had nothing but good intentions and love for us.  In our fallen world, He has never abandoned His original purpose.  God is good to us.  Nothing, not our sins nor death itself, can separate us from His mercy, grace and powerful love—except to refuse to accept it!

Christ in us is surely our lasting hope of glory.  He is risen!  Now let us learn to walk in the glory Jesus won for us on the Cross so the world will recognize His great love!