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.
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.