Under Cover of Darkness

John 13:30-32.

He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him.

If God be glorified in Him, God shall also glorify Him in Himself, and shall straightway glorify Him.

Now Is The Son of Man Glorified | Mary Pezzulo

Just a few words more about Judas here. He still had the taste of the sop in his mouth as he quickly got up and left. It was night, dark. The Bible tells us that men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). Judas, though determined in his sin, wanted the cover of darkness. We all do, when we are knowingly doing wrong. Even a little child will look for a place he won’t be easily found when he is up to no good! We like secrecy, because it seems to hide our sin. What we forget is that God’s vision is not hindered by darkness.

It is also important for us to note that Judas had the best Teacher, the best example, yet he still did not believe. Having been in the presence of the Master for three years did not move his hardened heart. He did not want a Messiah, perhaps, Who would stoop to such lowly service as foot-washing. Maybe Judas feared that he himself would be expected to follow Jesus’ example.

Years ago, one of my sons broke both legs in a ski accident. He was casted from hip to toes for nine weeks. The day the casts came off and we were back home, I helped him wash his legs and feet. He said it felt SO good! But I had to hold my breath, because the smell was beyond unpleasant. It wasn’t a job that got me any notice, but it sure felt wonderful to me to know I was giving my son the pleasure of being fresh and clean. In that light, it was a noble task. That is how we should always regard work that may be unpleasant, but will bring pleasure, relief, and satisfaction for someone else.

Now, to Jesus’ words. “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him.” What did He mean? He was about to be betrayed to His enemies by a disciple He loved; He was about to undergo gross mistreatment, torture, and death. How is that being glorified?

For the usual criminal, the cross was the. ultimate humiliation. For Jesus, it would be glorification!

Jesus knew that His death, even more than His life, was in obedience to the will of the Father; that it would show mankind the most perfect love there is; that both He and the Father would ultimately be glorified by His suffering, because it was the ultimate sacrifice: That a Man would lay down His life for His friend (John 15:13).

Jesus goes on to speak, in my opinion, one of His most beautiful and heartfelt messages to His disciples.

2 thoughts on “Under Cover of Darkness

  1. Thank you Linda. There is so much here. You have done a great job explaining and drawing out the truth of the Lord’s sacrifice and servanthood. It remains difficult to fully understand the truth of God being a servant, and even our servant. It takes nothing away from Him being God and the Creator of all. The NT explains that God was in the Messiah speaking the word of reconciliation to gain fellowship with each of us, and was willing to do anything to achieve it, including being a Servant, even our Servant, and expressing this most intently by willingly going to the cross to pay for our sin and clean us up.

    We learn by His example that when we “go to the cross,” whatever that may be or entail, we activate something extremely powerful and far-reaching. We tap into a gushing spiritual river of fruitfulness. It takes sacrifice and servanthood to open this great door, and the process obviously can be most uncomfortable and unpleasant. It is more than the usual “work” that is also similar, but such normal everyday work does not contain the power of spiritual fruit that changes lives and hearts for the better.

    Those who are parents become familiar with this principle early on, especially, of course, mothers, where it begins in the womb. Caring properly for a child and one’s children will involve many things, as you well know, that are not so pleasant. There are many headaches as well (understatement alert). But as long as love is placed first as allowed to be and we have this love and express this love, the desire and determination will always be there to continue the process and raising children to the best one’s ability under whatever given circumstances.

    This is what the Lord does for His children. When we commit to Him fully He becomes our Father forever and will be there for us through it all, assisting, helping, being a Servant, and loving us unconditionally. And when our circumstances may not be to our liking or change for the better, we know if we stay on course something very good is still happening that maybe we cannot see or understand. He is still there and still taking care of us. Our faith in Him tells us He can do anything He wants anytime He wants as long as we obey and trust Him. In the meantime, we know the Lord appreciates our determination to get it right and do it right and stay right and thereby has much to work with to allow for spiritual fruit to blossom forth.

    May you continue to be blessed with ongoing spiritual joy without measure that flows like a river, the fruit of all you have done for so many others in your time, especially your large and loving family.

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