Jesus' Death is Glory / Vengeance is His / Judge Not Others

When he [Judas] was gone, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him." -John 13:31

Jesus' Death is Glory

 

When Judas left the Last Supper, the final stages of the process was set in motion that would bring Jesus to the horrors of Calvary. Judas thought that he would be victorious in betraying Jesus, but the very opposite is true. Rather than seeing the cross as his degradation, it was his way of glorifying God. Jesus is victoriously saying that He has just been glorified in actual victory over Judas and all evil. Jesus never speaks of His death as a tragedy or crime or punishment or disgrace or humiliation. Jesus speaks of His death as the one event that would most glorify both Himself and God the Father.

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The wait has been long, Jesus' time has come. His sacrifice will show his obedience to God and his love for people. While human leaders try to find glory in all sorts of ways, Jesus' path to glory was the cross, because he was not after acclaim, but wanted to obey and glorify the Father! This is the secret principle by which we achieve glory, which is something we all long for. The secret of attaining glory is to give yourself up, to lose yourself.  For Jesus, his glory will involve his being lifted up on high on the Cross out of love for us and in obedience to God. On the cross he will open the door to eternity. Jesus is the Son of Man. The glory of Jesus was the cross. Jesus is on a mission to secure an eternal righteousness for human beings, and to secure forgiveness of sins; reconciliation with the Father; and eternal life for sinful human beings.

 

Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. -Proverbs 20:22

Vengeance is His; He will repay

Unfair things happen to us in life. When someone hurts you, the natural response is anger and thoughts of self-defense and revenge. And we often feel a perfectly natural desire to see what we perceive as justice done to the person or people responsible. We would like to get back and settle the score. But let us be reminded that revenge is Satan's way of destroying both the innocent and the offender. It comes from pride, it is blinding.

On earth, we can see that we will never find perfect and complete justice, no matter the "goodness" of the judicial system in place at the time. But a noble and wise man will return good for evil, thus avoiding the blinding danger of grudges and revenge, calming his enemies with kindness and patience, and glorifying God in a difficult matter. The best revenge is to leave enemies to God. He is most fair, His judgments most awful. Vengeance is His; He will repay. God will not only bring justice; he will deliver us: deliver us from the hands of the oppressor and deliver us from the poison of hatred. God will return to all of us according to what we've done in this life. Today, while we're waiting on the Lord, let's go out and help other people feel valued and loved.

 

 

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. -Romans 14:1

Judge Not Others, Help them Grow in Faith

Like the parents who are careful and tender with their newborn babies, new Christians are newborn children of God, who needs the patience, tender words, generous understanding and attentive care from the elderly of the Church and from the Christians with stronger faith. The strong Christian must exercise patience so as to understand that the weak have not reached the level of knowledge possessed by the more mature.

No Christian has the ability to look into the heart of another child of God, whether their faith is weak or strong and judge the motives behind his actions. We must accept them not for the purpose of arguing, but "without passing judgment on disputable matters." We should welcome those who are weak in faith and acknowledge them as brothers and sisters in Christ-to include them in our circle of friends. We must extend compassion and longsuffering, allowing the weak person time to grow, thus reaching a level of comprehension wherein he can move forward in Christ without violating his conscience. We can help them to become strong, through love.

 

 

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