Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” (John 12:23-25, 27-28, NIV)
Jesus knew His time had come. He was about to be
deserted by His closest friends,
mocked and humiliated by His enemies,
condemned to death by His own people,
separated from His Father with whom He had enjoyed an eternity of intimate fellowship, and executed by the most brutal method known.
Yet how did He think of the hours ahead? He considered it His chance to show the entire world the amazing love of His Father. It was His chance to plant the seed from which a bountiful, eternal harvest would grow.
Facing His ordeal, He wasn’t begging for a way out. He was asking the Father to glorify Himself through all that was about to happen.
Father, that is my prayer as well. Through my difficult hours, glorify Yourself. Through my suffering, let the world see how marvelous and loving You are!