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"Therefore, when he 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 salvation of sinners must conform to a great, eternally vital and fundamental requisite. God must be glorified! The total fall of our race and the indelible stain of sin that contaminates all men is summarized by the Apostle Paul as an issue that directly pertains to the glory of God. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). Sin is the utter and complete failure of all men to honor and glorify the infinite God of glory. All men come short, far short! It’s quite literally more likely for a worm to leap and touch a star than for sinful man to touch the righteousness that a holy God requires. With men, salvation is impossible! For men to be saved, there is but one way. God Himself must do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. God must glorify Himself in our nature, taking sinners into union with Himself. This He did from eternity in His sovereign purpose of grace, freely bestowing His immutable glory on an elect multitude of sinners. And this He manifested in time by the doing and dying of His blessed Son, the God-man our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is both Son of man and Son of God; Immanuel, God with us!
The Son of Man Glorified
“Now is the Son of man glorified,” our Lord announced, referring to the unimaginable woes He gladly endured for the salvation of God’s elect. Judas Iscariot had just gone out to betray Him, setting into motion the predetermined events that led to our Savior’s agonies on the cursed tree. And this is how He described His sufferings: “Now is the Son of man glorified.” Now He would obtain a glorious victory over Satan, spoiling principalities and powers, making a show of them openly, triumphing over them in His cross (Col 2:15). Now He would obtain a glorious deliverance of His people, making reconciliation for the sins of God’s elect, accomplishing redemption (Heb 9:12). Now through His sufferings Christ would manifestly show all His glorious attributes as the God-man our Mediator and Surety. His humility, patience and faithfulness, His mercy, love and grace, the truth of His word and the sure foundation of His promises, all would shine forth from Him with radiant beauty by His unwavering obedience unto death, even the death of the cross. Christ had been glorified in the many miracles He had wrought. Yet, He speaks of being glorified now in His sufferings, as if that were more than all His other glories. Truly, His vicarious sufferings as our divine Substitute, all the torments He underwent to secure our everlasting salvation, are glorious in the eyes of all His people. His glory as the Lamb of God is ours by the gift of His grace (Jn 17:22). Through suffering to the full satisfaction of divine justice, and by the expiation of all our sins, our Savior has presented to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; holy and without blemish (Eph 5:27). Christ crucified is our Glory! Believers glory in the cross! (Gal 6:14).
God Glorified in Christ
The sufferings of Christ were for the glory of God. Through His sufferings, God the Father was glorified in Him. Before God could do something for sinners, God had to do something for Himself. God must be glorified. First of all, Christ’s sufferings were for the satisfaction of God’s justice, so that the Holy LORD God be glorified in them. “It pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief” (Isa 53:10). Restitution was made to God’s offended honor by a full recompense of vengeance poured out on Christ, once for all. Only in the sufferings of Christ, through the merit, efficacy and value of His glorious Person, could God be satisfied to the infinite degree that His glory required. But also, the sufferings of Christ were the manifestation of all God’s glorious attributes: God’s holiness, justice, truth and wrath, as well as His mercy, love, grace and longsuffering. The glory of God shines brightly in creation and providence, but much more in the work of redemption. By creation and providence God’s power and sovereignty are revealed, but only in the cross do we see that God is Love! (Jn 3:16; Rom 5:6-8; 1 Jn 4:9).
Christ Glorified in God
“If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself” (v 32). The result of Christ’s sufferings was His glorious exaltation to the right hand of God as our covenant Head and Surety. Through His humility, obedience and death, God was glorified, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:” (Php 2:9). Now is Christ glorified with the glory He had with God the Father before the world began (Jn 17:4-5).
But there seems to be something even more wondrous and profound to the glorification of our Savior, because He said, “God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.” That word ‘straightway’ means immediately, forthwith, or at once. The Savior speaks of the glory God was giving Him immediately in that hour, while He as the Son of man was glorifying God in Himself. He sets His eyes on the immediate glory and joy set before Him as our divine Surety and Substitute. As He was now presently engaged in humbling Himself for God’s glory, God was presently engaged with glorifying Him as our divine Representative. As He was going down into the depths of utter shame and sorrow, God was exalting Him, perfecting Him, glorifying Him as our victorious Redeemer (Heb 5:5-10). And this great, mysterious marvel of God’s love and grace culminated at the very height of our Savior’s obedience. There on the cross, suspended by nails in agony and blood, His sinless soul was made an offering for sin. He was made sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21). And God forsook Him at the very climax of His total consecration and devotion to the God’s glory! His perfect heart was broken for us, as God glorified and perfected Him as the complete Savior of our souls. Now, the Spirit says to all that trust Him, “Ye are complete in Him” (Col 2:10).