June 18, 2017 Sermon - RBC
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Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4

John 12:23-28

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor. 27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

 

Death is what glorifies. God‘s wisdom opposite of man’s. The result of death is life—our decaying bodies nurturing the soil. Our self-denial is a copy of Christ’s. This is no easy thing, not even for Christ, but He endures it to glorify His Father.

This is a natural law as well as a spiritual law.

John 13:30-33

He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night. 31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

 

His betrayal was part of the glorification, a necessary step. Through suffering and death, God the Father is glorified. He will then glorify the Son.

John 17:1-5

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:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gave me to do.5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 

Christ’s death was for all humanity. Christ did everything the Father said, glorified His Father on earth, so now Father, glorify me with You!

Doing God’s will glorifies Him

Hebrews 2:7-10

Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.10 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.

 

Originally talking about Adam, but now view is on Christ. Christ’s suffering and death glorified God and brings Christ glory, it also brings us into glory. Christ’s human existence was humiliating—lower than angels, made like us, but then suffered to gain glory.

1 Peter 4:12-16

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

 

If we suffer with Him we will be glorified with Him. Following Christ leads to a life like Christ’s, so don’t be shocked if you suffer.

When the world rejects you, this is a good sign God is being glorified! Suffering and rejection are not embarrassing if they are for Christ. Suffering for righteousness sake glorifies God.

 

We think that glorifying God is done when we win super bowls and perform well. In reality, we glorify God when we suffer wrongly and yet patiently, just like Christ did when He glorified His Father.

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