Lent – Wednesday – April 20

John 13:21-23

“You bend to us in weakness.” John reports that “…Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me’” (John 13:21). Then, after Judas, the betrayer, had gone out to do the betraying, “…Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him’” (John 13:31). Bending to us in obedient weakness, even to being betrayed, Jesus says he is glorified and God is glorified in him. This is a strange glory. If you keep reading what John reports, it gets stranger. Jesus’ glorification entails being separated from his disciples and giving them “…a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another” (John 13:34). Glory is usually associated with the power of honor, renown or fame. Here it, and its power, are hidden, bending toward the other in weakness and service.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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