John 12:28-29 – Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
Take a moment to re-read our Text for Today, and having done so, to think deeply about what is revealed in it. The point in time of our Text for Today likely falls into the time frame just a few days before His final trip to Jerusalem where He would be arrested, beaten, tried, crucified, and buried. It is obvious from His Own words that He was experiencing tremendous pressures on His mind because he knew what He would have to do, and He knew what he must endure through that process. It had to be emotionally staggering.
And at the moment He prayed, “Father, glorify Thy Name,” the Father in heaven spoke in response to that statement. It was Father God Who said, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” What an incredibly powerful place to stand. He was the only Begotten Son of God. He came to seek and save the Lord, and in all His doing, He perfectly pleased Father. He had surely lived in a manner to glorify Father. But on this occasion, Father took things to an entirely new level. Can you imagine living your life at such a high level of pleasing Father that in a public setting He would speak openly over you in the hearing of everyone? What an honor that would be! But in the event revealed in our Text for Today, there is something else to see.
When Father spoke, and all those who stood by heard the sound, it is possible that some not only heard the sound, but recognized the fact that it was Father speaking. Proof that this did happen is seen in the fact that the Apostle John, brother of James and son of Zebedee wrote of it in the Gospel of his writing. But look further. While there is every reason to believe everyone there heard something, many thought it had thundered, and still others believed an angel had spoken to Him. Now think for a moment; have you ever heard it thunder when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky? Just a thought! Could it be that Father has indeed spoken to us, but for whatever the reason, we did not recognize His voice? I believe we should be preparing ourselves as never before in these last days to hear the voice of our God, whether purely within our spirit, or possibly from the heavens above. Open your heart, my friend, and be open to hear from the Lord by whatever means He may choose to communicate with you. Oh wait . . . was that thunder I just heard?
Manna for Today – John 12:27-35; Romans 10:6-17; Proverbs 4:20-23; Psalm 107:20; Joshua 1:6-9