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GLORIFIED TWO WAYS
Excerpt from sermon #135,
HOSANNAS AND THEIR CONTRASTS
“And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” MAT 21:15-16.
Christ came to be glorified, but He entered death. When one is brought to the verge of death, he has a foretaste of what lays beyond the grave, which encourages him to step forward and go through the struggles of death. That is why the Lord Jesus Christ was given a foretaste of His heavenly glory.
There were certain Greeks in Jerusalem at that time who heard all the “hosannas.” We read in JOH 12:21, “The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.” The Greeks wanted to see some great miracle, but instead of gratifying their carnal desires, Jesus directed their attention to the real meaning of the “hosannas.”
In JOH 12:23 we read, “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.” How was the Son of Man glorified? The way to glory for the Son of God was by obeying His Holy Father’s command. We read in JOH 10:17-18, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” The Father loved Him because He obeyed by laying down His life. His voluntary immersion into the Father’s wrath upon sin was the way to glory, which not only took away the penalty of sin, but also restored obedience to the will of God.
When His soul was overwhelmed with grief, Jesus said in JOH 12:27-28, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
There are two separate ways in which the Father was glorified: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The first time He was glorified through the humble obedience of the Son. PHI 2:8 says, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” The second time He was glorified by glorifying His Son for that humble obedience. PHI 2:9-11 says, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
The “hosannas” proclaiming the kingship of Christ, provided a foretaste of the glory that the Father promised: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” We read in our text, “And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” As Jesus rode into Jerusalem for this hour, many people went to meet Him, confessing with their tongues that Jesus was Lord. We read in JOH 12:13 that they “Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Amen.
O the delights, the heavenly joys,
The glories of the place,
Where Jesus sheds the brightest beams
Of His o’erflowing grace.
Sweet majesty and awful love
Sit smiling on His brow,
And all the glorious ranks above
At humble distance bow.
This is the Man, the exalted Man,
Whom we, unseen, adore;
But when our eyes behold His face,
Our hearts shall love Him more.
Gadsby selection, 1838
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