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The Glorification of Christ (17 of 23)
Series: The Hope of the Gospel
Our Lord, according to all the commentators, uttered these words with an exaltation of spirit amounting to rapture. There were two occasions in our Lord's life when He was moved to something like exultation and triumph. The first occasion was when Peter made his great confession and declared that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. The second was when Andrew and Philip came to tell Him of the desire of these Greeks to see Him. In the first instance He rejoiced over His disciples' faith. In the second, He rejoiced at the prospect of His own glorification. 'The hour is come,' He cried, 'that the Son of man should be glorified.' At last the hour had struck when His real and essential glory was to flash out upon a startled and astonished world. Up to this point Christ's glory had been veiled. It had been veiled in the lowly birth at Bethlehem; it had been veiled during those humble and laborious years in the carpenter's shop at Nazareth; it had been veiled during those two years when, clad in His seamless cloak, He had gone about the cities and villages of Galilee teaching and preaching the kingdom of God. Glimpses of the glory had been given to a chosen and favored few. 'We,' says John, 'beheld His glory.' And when he penned that sentence he remembered the first flash of the glory at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, and the fuller revelation of it he had received when, with Peter and James, he beheld his Lord in shining raiment talking with Moses and Elijah on the Holy Mount. But as to the people at large, they had seen no hint of the exceeding glory. 'A prophet, or as one of the prophets,' was their verdict upon Him.
It was to win faith in Himself as God's Messiah that Jesus came into the world, and there must have been something infinitely disappointing to Him in the fact that the people did not recognize Him or receive Him. And yet all suggestions ...
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