John 13:31-32. Glorified

13:31   When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism begins by asking, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer given is, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” If the Catechism is correct– and I believe it is spot on– we exist for the glory of God. Our being reaches its highest fulfilment when God is honoured and exalted. We are all about God, even through our apparently mundane lives.

Jesus was honoured and exalted through betrayal. He was “lifted up” and in that action, God was glorified in him. We see the greatness and majesty of God through his sacrificial love. And when the Father is glorified in this way through the Son, he reciprocates immediately by glorifying the Son. The same solidarity of the Sent with the Sender (Jn 13:20) means here that the Sent glorifies the Sender through his obedience to the cross (see Phil 2:5-11 and also Jn 14:13; 17:4).

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation

O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!

All ye who hear,

Now to his temple draw near,

Join me in glad adoration!