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“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”
Although I have a whole lot of little idiosyncrasies that I know sound pretty silly, there’s one that makes complete sense, at least it does to me. When I’m starting a book, I’ll never read the summary either on the book jacket or the back of the book. And the reason, I don’t want to know about the story until I read it. Now, I know what you’re thinking; those little summaries don’t offer any genuine clues to plot twists, and I’d agree. But I really don’t want any impressions before entering the narrative. In the author’s time, I’ll discover the relationships between the characters, the antagonists as well as the protagonists. And for me, that’s just fine.
But when we consider the life of Jesus, well, we know the ending before we finish reading his story. And even though the people in the narrative were confused and maybe frustrated by his words, we understand them, because we know that when he was lifted up on the cross, he was on his way home. And of course, that’s really good news, not only for us but for everybody. You see, according to Jesus, this will begin the process of drawing the entire world to himself. And I’ll tell you, just knowing that can offer a lot of hope to all of us. And for that reason, if you’re talking about the Bible, that’s one book jacket I want to read.