Betrayal, Suffering, Humiliation and Glory – John 13:31-32

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself and will glorify Him at once.”

There is a difficult, mysterious truth contained in this passage. Glory follows betrayal and is associated with suffering for truth. I do not understand enough about it to write much more but Jesus clearly associates betrayal, impending suffering and humiliation with glory. He is fulfilling Father God’s will for Himself and for all mankind and it involves betrayal, suffering and humiliation. In the fulfillment of Father God’s will He is glorified. His glory will also be our glory at some future point when He returns as Paul describes in Colossians 3.

Few things are more difficult to deal with than the betrayal of a friend. Couple this with pain, suffering and public humiliation and the load seems unbearable. Lord Jesus endured them all for the joy set before Him. Thanks be to God!

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