Trinitarian Glory - John 13:31-35
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33 Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Saints, God commands you to be selfless servants who seek the honor, welfare, and care of others before your own. In John 13:31-33, Jesus tells his disciples that the Son of Man is glorified by God, and God is glorified by the Son of Man. And if God is glorified in the Son of Man, then God will also glorify the Son of Man in Himself. This mutual self-sacrificial, other-centered relationship is the core of who the Triune God is. The Father seeks to give honor and praise to the Son, and the Son seeks to give honor and praise to the Father, who in turn brings back praise and honor back on the other. God’s glory is a never ending circle of love and praise and honor of the other. This is who God is. We were created to be like Him. Are you living like that? Is your life “others centered”? Or, are you quick to grab glory and praise for yourself first? Or are you like the Triune God and give honor and praise to others first, seeking their well being before your own?
Christians must live God’s heavenly life of selfless service, honor, and love for others. went to the Father to prepare a place for us. But we need to be prepared for Heaven. So, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit. The Spirit works heaven into our hearts and souls, making us like God – self-sacrificial, others-centered, and full of love for others. Jesus is preparing heaven for our arrival, and the Spirit is preparing us for heaven. How are you seeking out ways to live the life of Heaven now while you are on earth? Are you preparing your soul for Heaven? When Jesus opens the gates of Heaven for you, how big will the culture shock be for you? Will the culture of Heaven be completely different than the culture you were used to practicing on Earth? If you are not interested in the customs and cultures of heaven, then would you be surprised if Heaven was not interested in you?
So, love one another as Jesus has loved you. By this love, this, selfless, others-centered love will the world know that we are disciples of Jesus, if we love one another. Just as Jesus showed us, this is the life of God and Heaven, loving others self-sacrificially. It will be through this kind of love that our evangelism and mission activity will be most effective. People will know we are disciples of Jesus by the way we practice our love for each other. We will know if we are really Christ’s disciples by the way we practice our love for each other. Let us not hate each other, but love. For whoever does not love his brother who he sees, cannot love God whom he has not seen. Examine yourselves. Do you have love for your brother? Do you have love for your enemy? Your neighbor? Jesus did, for all three. Be like Him, and love each other.
Michael served in the United States Navy (2000-2004), graduated from Cairn University (previously Philadelphia Biblical University - PBU), Langhorne, PA in 2008 with a B.S. in Biblical Studies, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Reformed Episcopal Seminary, Blue Bell, PA in 2011 with an M.Div. He also served as Interim Pastor for New Life Grace Brethren Community Church in Souderton, PA from November... read more