Glory, Glory, Glory

by Berni Dymet       

John 12:23-25 Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 

When we hear the word "glory" - we kind of think of some great success - an athlete winning Gold at the Olympics, that sort of thing.  They get all the glory up there on the dais.  Glory is about winning, triumph. Isn't it?

Not long before He was crucified Jesus said that the time hadn't come yet for Him to be glorified.  He said that - pointing forward to that brutal Cross.  An event that, at the time - well it seemed like a massive defeat. 

Seems to me sometimes that God - God's take on things is upside down.  Glory equals apparent defeat??!!  Seems to me that, well - maybe God has some things all upside down.

But Jesus went on to explain what He meant.  He said:

 …unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit…

Yeah - maybe when I look at that - maybe I'm the one who has things upside down.

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