John 12 is a terrific passage. It gives a keyhole into the affections of the throne room. The Lord Jesus is ‘troubled’ that is he is greatly disturbed and grieved in view of Calvary. But he does not shrink back from his divinely ordained course, rather he hearkens a doxological imperative that shall forever be the title track on the eternal soundtrack of the cross.
“Father, glorify Your name.”
I love this. Jesus is at this point in his ministry feeling the unimaginable and equally unfathomable weight of his impending “hour” upon the cross and what is his motivation? What is his contemplation? What is his declaration? It is the glory of God.
There is no question that when the Son of God had Calvary’s horror in his site that he had the exaltation and vindication of the glory of God on his mind. The glory of God serves to motivate him. The glory of God serves to console him. The glory of God serves to ignite him with exclusively divine resolve to magnify the greatness and beauty of God.
Furthermore, the Father echoes with a divine thunderclap in response: “Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The Father declares that this is what he has been all about and will always be all about. The cross serves to tower above all things as the supreme demonstration of God’s delight in being seen as glorious.
When you meditate upon the cross what do you dwell upon? God’s love? It is there. God’s justice? Yes, it too is there. God’s kindness? Yes, it too is loudly there. But all of these attributes (and there are more too) are trumpeted at infinite decibels into one unified divine symphony and that is, the glory of God. Do not let yourself nuzzle into a theological corner, meditating upon a particular aspect of truth without connecting it to the big picture that is unifying theme of all of Scripture and all of God’s activity. God’s love, justice, kindness, mercy, holiness, and all of his perfections serve together to magnify his greatness. He is glorious.
When Jesus beheld the agony of Calvary he was overcome by this singular holy imperative, “Father, glorify Your name.” This is to be the persistently passionate heart cry of all who follow the Savior. Look upon the wood of Calvary where Christ inscribed this holy imperative with his heavenly resolve. Marvel at his singular focus. Find yourself praying for conformity to his will. All of this that God might be glorified in you.