God is Glorified! Jesus' words, following the departure of Judas Iscariot from the upper room, remarkably reveal His acknowledgement of the accomplishment of all of the steps necessary leading up to His arrest, death, burial, and resurrection. In all of it He understood that in these things God would indeed receive glory, for the plan of salvation would be completely fulfilled.
31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
(John 13:31-32, King James Version)
After Judas Iscariot left the upper room, Jesus made some rather interesting comments.
Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If you could change anything about the Bible, what would you change? I hope you said, "Nothing!", because that is the only correct answer. Judas' betrayal is hard to understand, but equally hard to understand is its necessity. Through the events which would follow, Jesus, the Son of man would be glorified, as well as God the Father.
Can good things come from bad things? Absolutely! In all circumstances, whether good or bad from our perspective, glory is brought to God. Each "event" in life brings us closer to Christ, and therefore brings glory to God.
Jesus' comment in John 13:32 reminds us that when glory if brought to God, Christ is glorified along with Him, as the two are separate beings and yet one God. And, in the world to come, the children of God will bow down before their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and thank Him for His eternal love and mercy.
Jesus' words also remind us that Jesus was always in control. No one took His life from Him, but rather He gave it up. In His conversation with Judas Iscariot, He knew the exact plan He was setting in motion. He knew that the very reason He came to this earth would soon be fulfilled. Though Satan thought to destroy the world and mankind with it when he brought sin to Adam and Eve, God already had a plan in place, and that plan was about to be enacted by the Lord Jesus Christ.
As you go about the duties of this day, think about things you do and say which bring glory to God, not in a forced or showy way, but naturally as the events of the day unfold.
What an amazing God we have. In everything and in every way, may we continue to bring glory to God.