“Father, glorify Thy name.” There came therefore a voice out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again” John 12:28
I sat dumfounded. Reading through the gospel writer’s accounts of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem I found this gem. The Bible does this to me. Because I have always described it as a multifaceted diamond why was I surprised to learn something new?
Previous verses state that Jesus had entered His beloved city Jerusalem. He wept over her like a mother over her wayward children. He longed to gather her under His wings and protect her but He knew that was not to be. As everyone followed, the Pharisees concluded that they were off the hook. You see a multitude had been following Jesus. The Pharisees thought that the people had gone after Him. Little did they know these very followers had been with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb. They had seen that phenominal act of the living God with their own eyes! They were not following Jesus to stone Him, they were following to praise Him.
It seems certain Greeks came to Philip and asked to speak to Jesus. Philip went to Andrew and the two of them approached Jesus. Jesus spoke to them of His hour. He told them His hour was at hand and let them know that it was for this purpose He came. For this very hour. Jesus then said “Father, glorify Thy name.” Now remember He is standing with a multitude of folks who have been saying “Hosana”, praising Him and spreading their coats on the ground. He was surrounded. This is where I get goosebumps. In verse 28 right after Jesus says “glorify Thy name”, the Bible says “There came therefore a voice out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.””
I stopped reading, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and marveled to God that I had read this account many times and never stumbled on that verse! Well, if I’d read it before surely I had seen verse 28. Verse 29 goes on to say that the multitude heard it! Some thought it was thunder. Some thought it was an angel speaking. It was obviously very loud and completely different than anything they were used to. When I did some research I discovered that it was the same voice heard at Jesus’ baptism and by Peter, James and John on the Mt. Of Transfiguration. God spoke! Verse 30 tells us that Jesus told them that that voice had not come for His sake but for their sake. He said that judgment would be on the world and the enemy cast out.
So many times Jesus told them. So many times God Himself spoke. So many signs, miracles and wonders were performed yet they did not believe. Miracles were flying all around them. This was the time of the Visitation! More miracles and wonders were yet to be performed, yet they did not believe. Jesus is still doing signs, miracles and wonders today and yet, according to a recent survey, fewer people believe in God than ever before. This grieves my heart. Continuously I stand in fervent prayer for my generations.
I am still in awe that I am able to read the very Word of the Living God and understand it. The God Who spoke the universe in to being allows me to absorb His teachings and then delights me by showing me something completely new! My prayer for you today precious one is that you will hunger and thirst for God and His word. In this word you will find water for your parched soul and food for your hungry spirit. Come, be refreshed. Sit by His side and learn from Him. Let Jesus Himself bring you that peace that only He can give. As we remember today His words “Father, glorify Thy name” may we pause and give thanks for everything Jesus did for us on that cross.