INSPIRATION:THE CROSS AND GLORIFICATION
27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out; 32 and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what death he was to die. 34 The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?” 35 Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.John 12:27-36
This is the Holy week when we ponder the suffering of Jesus. I love Jesus, not only because he has been in me for 56 years, but because he went through what we go through- suffering. As God he knew exactly how, when, where and by who he will be crucified. Being truly human, he knew about the excruciating pain and this why he said “now my soul troubled (in American expression- butterfly in the stomach. In Kikuyu- water in the stomach.) As you read this message, you may be facing what is humanly speaking, is unbearable challenge. You need to remember that He who suffered is in and with you. (If he is not in, let Him in). And that the cross which you are bearing will lead to glorification and that you are being prepared to be the light to the nation. The Creator of all that is, seen and unseen says:
“I will give you as a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord. Because that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1Corinthian 15:58.
By Dr.John Githiga