” And Jesus answered them, the time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted. ” John 12: 23.
In attendance upon holy ordinances, particularly the Gospel of Passover, the great desire of our souls should be to see Jesus to see Him as ours, to keep up communion with him, and derive grace from Him – “ If you live in Me ( abide vitally united to Me ) and my words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you. ” John 15: 7. The calling the Gentiles ( non Jews believers ) magnified the Redeemer. A corn of wheat ( synonym for maize or any other grain depends on the region you look at. So in regions with a dominant maize production, corn refer to maize. In regions with a dominant grain production, corn typically means grain. ) yields no increase unless it is cast into the ground. Thus Christ might have possessed his heavenly glory alone, without becoming Man. Or, after he had taken man’s nature – ” And the Word ( Christ ) became flesh ( human, incarnate ) and tabernacle ( fixed his tent of flesh, lived awhile ) among us; and we ( actually ) saw His Glory ( his honor, his majesty ), such glory as an only begotten Son receives from His Father ( favor, loving-kindness ) and truth. ” John 1: 14.
He might have entered heaven alone by hos own perfect righteousness, without suffering or death; but then no sinner of the human race could have been saved. The Salvation of souls hitherto, and henceforward to the end of time, is owing to the dying of the corn of wheat.
Let us search whether Christ be in us the hope of glory – ” To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of realizing the glory. ” Colossians 1: 27. Let us beg Him to make us indifferent to the trifling concerns of this life – John 12: 25 ” Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life forever and ever. ”