How does God reveal his glory to us? In his Last Supper, Jesus speaks of his glory and of the glory of his Father. What is this glory? It is the cross which Jesus speaks of here. The cross of Jesus shows us that the greatest glory in life is the glory of willingly sacrificing one’s life for the sake of another. In the cross, God reveals the degree of his great love for sinners and the power of redemption which cancels the debt of sin and reverses the curse of our condemnation. Jesus gave his Father supreme honor and glory through his obedience and willingness to sacrifice his life on the cross. The greatest trust once give to their leader is the willingness to obey in the line of duty to the point of putting oneself in harm’s way. In warfare, the greatest honour belongs not to those who survive but to those who give the supreme sacrifice of their lives.
Jesus also speaks of the Father bringing glory to the Son through the great mystery of the Incarnation and Cross of Christ. God the Father gave us his only begotten Son for our sake, to redeem us from slavery to sin and death. He freely offered his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the world. There is no greater proof of God’s love for us than the Cross of Jesus Christ. In the cross, we see a new way of love, a love that is selfless, sacrificial, forgiving and compassionate beyond understanding. Jesus commands us, his disciples, to love one another just as he has loved us. How can we love one another selflessly sacrificially, and with compassion? Through the victory of the cross and resurrection, we have access to God’s grace and mercy. God gives us new life through the gift of the Holy Spirit and he fills our hearts with faith, hope, and love.
Paul, the Apostle, reminds us that “God’s love has been poured into our heart through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). As we turn to God with trust and obedience, he transforms our hearts and frees us to love others with compassion and kindness. Do you want to bring glory to God in the way you love others?
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”