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John52 – the most glorious of all plans

“I have spoken these things to you in parallels. An hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in parallels, but I will announce out to you openly concerning the Father.” (John 16: 25)
John, the first century eye-witness biographer of Jesus of Nazareth is continuing to recall the evening before Jesus’ AD 30 crucifixion in Jerusalem. He has spoken truth to them by using parallels – things set alongside truth which mirror that truth. When he will come to them – after his imminent death, resurrection and ascension on high – he will openly make known to them things concerning his father above. Through his holy spirit.

“In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not state to you that I will ask the father concerning you because the Father himself befriends you, in that you have befriended me and have believed that I came out from God.”

“That day” will in fact be a new day for them because they themselves will then be in a “love-in-friendship” relationship with the father. Through him.
“I am come out from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and I depart towards the Father.” 

This clear statement is no longer in parallel format. Will they understand it?

His disciples state, “Look! Right now, you are speaking in openness and are stating nothing parallel. Right now, we discern that you discern everything and have no need that anyone may ask you; in this we believe that you came out from God.”

The disciples are highly enthusiastic. They “discern” his god-hood clearly.

Jesus answered them, “You now believe? Look! An hour is coming—and has come—that you may be scattered each one into his own things and I you may leave alone. And I am not alone, in that the father is with me.” 

Jesus questions their discernment of who he is. Will they openly love-in-action him? Will they not soon be scattered at his time of greatest need?

“I have spoken these things to you in order that in me you may have peace. In the world you have affliction, but be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

Amazingly, their predicted total failure towards him will be irrelevant to the peace which they may have through him. That peace – their peace – will be theirs because he has “conquered the world” by going under its wrath.

Jesus spoke these things and, having taken up his eyes into the sky, he said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, in order that the Son may glorify you, just as you gave to him every flesh authority in order that, to everyone that you gave him, he may give them eternal life.” 

There at that evening meal Jesus looks heavenward and prays to his father. The prayer is an imperative – a prayer of command – “Glorify your Son!” Now. Now that the very hour of his arrest and death has come. This command to his father to glorify his son will enable the son to glorify his father. That will be achieved in one particularly attractive way. Both will be glorified “just as” something similar has taken place which Jesus then repeats to his father. 

The glory which the father is asked to give to Jesus will be “just as” the glory of the father when he gave his son “all-flesh-authority” to give to others “all that the father gave to him”, even “life eternal”.  This glorious past giving of all things by father to son (even life eternal given to flesh – to Jesus) will be gloriously followed through by Jesus. In his turn Jesus will now give to human beings all that his father had given to him, even eternal life. He will do just that through his cross where he will atone for their rejection of both father and son. 

“In fact, this is the eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you sent out, Jesus Christ. I glorified you upon the ground, having perfectied the work which you have given to me in order that I may do.” 

Jesus explains “that eternal life” which he is about to give to other humans. “That eternal life” is in fact truly to know both father and son, the givers of all things to wretched human beings. Jesus talks with his father about his imminent “perfection” of their plan, as givers, to give to their former enemies.

“And right now, you yourself glorify me, Father, with yourself, in the glory that I was having - before the world to be - with you!” 

Sinner Syvret

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