Friday, September 24, 2010

On sacrificing the man who clothed Jesus

        When Jesus announced, "Now is the son of man glorified," he was referring to the obedience just then given him by Judas Iscariot. (John 13:31)

        That obedience was the acceptance of the assignment to hand him over to those who would take him.

        In clothing Jesus with this glory, however, Judas was sacrificing himself - denying himself  and taking up his cross to follow Jesus.

        His cooperation with Jesus in this work, the work by which Jesus was glorifying his Father, the laying down of his life, would make him a member of the household of Jesus, whom they called Beelzebub.

        How much more have they called this member of his household!

        Judas sacrificed the man that clothed Jesus.

        He sacrificed himself.

        I offer these words in my own name only.

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