Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” John 12:28
The word ‘glorified’ is commonly used in some of our songs today. After all, the word ‘glory’ appears hundreds of times in the Bible. The original Hebrew and Greek words that are translated as ‘glory’ or ‘glorified’ implies beauty, to be lifted up, to shine, pure, worship, magnify, royal splendor, majesty and perfection. No wonder it is hard to pin the word down! It takes a word full of meaning to describe our Great God.
Jesus glorified God through His baptism, death and resurrection. John 12:23
When Jesus said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified, His disciples could not have imagined the horrible event that was about to take place. The disciples probably pictured something that could seem ‘glorious’ to them, something like Jesus being crowned king in the Temple. How could Jesus be talking about His own death? How could glory ever come out of death. John 12:27-28
Jesus knew that His baptism and death would tell the world more about God than any other event. God is love. 1 John 4:16 God’s love is flashed in all its glory through the baptism of righteousness that Jesus received from John the Baptist at the River Jordan where He shouldered the sins of the world and subsequently died on the cross for all man.
- Baptism And Death Of Jesus
The baptism and death of Jesus are two indispensable components that fulfil God’s Righteousness. When Jesus cried out, “Father, glorify Your Name!…..His Father answered audibly…..in a booming voice. Then a voice came from Heaven, “I have glorified it and will glory it again.” John 12:28 God glorified His Name for the first time when Jesus received His baptism from John the Baptist as the Lamb of God from Heaven Who takes away the sins of the world. Mt 3:16-17 Then God glorified His Name again when Jesus died on the cross and three days later rose from the dead to secure our justification of faith in the righteousness of God.
- Our Baptism, Death And Resurrection In Christ Glorifies God
We have no ability to give glory to God with our sinful nature. If we hope to glorify God, the first step is to baptize ourselves into Christ by faith so that our old self can be put to death with Christ. Jesus said, “unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed but if it dies, it produces many seeds.” The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12;24-25. Jesus was telling the disciples that in the Kingdom of God a glorified new life comes only after death. God predestined sinful man to enter into Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection by faith to attain glorified life. God gave His glorious Son for us. He asks us to give up our lives for Him so that He may give us a glorified life on earth and eternity through His indwelling Spirit. Paul describes this in Romans 6:3-5.
- Spiritual Baptism
Baptism gives a wonderful picture of what happens when we put our faith in Christ’s baptism of righteousness when John laid his hands to pass the sins of humanity at the River Jordan. In fact, all man were literally united with Christ in the spirit at that moment by becoming one in union so that all the sins committed from Adam to the last man can be carried by the body of Jesus to the cross for atonement. This spiritual dynamics is foreshadowed in the sacrificial system of the OT. Jesus experienced death for every individual person. Heb 2:9 In a very real way, our old self dies and a new glorified self in the spirit is resurrected.
Baptism is a burial. Burial is for the dead. We would not bury something that is still living. At the same time, we would not fail to bury something that is obviously dead. Being lowered into the water in baptism is a symbolic act that represents our old self has been put to death. Rising up out of the water represents the resurrection from the dead to a new glorified life by faith in the Righteousness of God. This new glorified life in the spirit begins because we are baptized with Jesus in His death and resurrection. It is a new life that will glorify God throughout eternity.
It is unfortunate that many Christians today are trying to die on their own apart from having faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. This is why Jesus said, “You must become like a little child in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Mt 11:3 Whether we are 4 or 94, I hope we can see that spiritual baptism (union) as the key to a glorified life in Christ. It is the most meaningful way we can respond to God’s Truth of Salvation by baptizing ourselves into Jesus’ death and resurrection. The point is, baptism gives glory to God by showing that we have united with Him as divine glorified children.
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