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The Triple Glorification.

The Triple Glorification.

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BY JOHN BROWN, D. D.,


JoHNXin.31, 32. — "Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the
Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him,
God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him."
BY JOHN BROWN, D. D.,


JoHNXin.31, 32. — "Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the
Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him,
God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him."

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THE TRIPLE GLORIFICATIO.BY JOH BROW, D. D.,JoHXin.31, 32. — "Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, ow is theSon of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him,God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him."These words form the commencement of tlie record of ourLord's farewell discourses with his faithfid disciples, — after thetraitor had withdrawn from their assembly, and rid them of hispolluting, chilling presence, and none were there but "right-hearted men," "made clean through the word he had spoken tothem," — crowned with his sublime intercessory prayer. Thisrecord has, with equal truth and beauty, been represented, by alate learned and pious expositor,' as " the holy of holies " of thetemple of gospel history. owhere, assuredly, does the " lightof the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus," the trueShechinah, shed forth a more benignant lustre than here. Inthat humble upper chamber in Jerusalem, there shone forth " theperfection of beauty,"^ — " the glory of the Only-begotten of theFather, full of grace and of truth ;"^ — a light, of which we havebut an imperfect figure in the mystic splendors which, from thedeep darkness of the gold-encased and jewel-adorned adytum of the temple, occasionally burst forth, so that the priests could notstand to minister in its sanctuary and courts. The gosjDcl of John has been fitly termed "the bosom of Christ;"^ and thatportion of it which now lies before us is his inmost heart.There are themes in religion more fit for being mused on thantalked about, — there are topics more suitable for solitary medita-tion than public discussion. It is difficult even to order thethoughts respecting them ; and scarcely possible to give thesethoughts utterance, without " darkening counsel by words with-out knowledge." There is in them a grandeur which overwhelms• — a strangeness which confounds — a sacredness which overawes — a tenderness which melts the heart. It is a salutary and a de-lightful employment, in the retirement of the closet, to resign themind and the heart to the humbling, purifying, ennobling in-fluences of such themes ; but, in making them the subject of dis-course, even from such a place as I now occupy, and to such anassembly as I now address, there is not only hazard of doing in-1 Olshausen. aPsal. 1. 2. 3 John i. 14. * "Pectus Christi."— Ernestl
 
EXP. XXV.] THE TEIPLE GLORIFICATIOiSr. 133 justice to tliem, by a necessarily imperfect, and a possibly incor-rect representation, but of perplexing the minds we wish to en-lighten, and lowering the devout feelings we wish to exalt.The words we have just read, if any in the sacred volume,bring before our minds such a theme as I have been attemptingto describe ; and so deepl}'' am I impressed with a sense of itssublimity and difficulty, that, admirably suitable as it is for asubject of meditation at the communion-table, I do not think that,left to myself, I should have soon chosen this as a text for a dis-course introductory to the Lord's Supper. But, by the arrange-ments of that Divine providence which regulates the fall of a leaf and the death of a sparrow, in the ordinary course of those illus-trations of the gospel history, in which I have for a considerabletime been engaged, I have been brought to this passage, just atthe time when we, as a christian congregation, are called to cometogether to break bread ; and I proceed to its consideration independence on a help which has never failed me, and with thepraj^er, that my heart may be enabled to "indite a good matter,"and that, when " I speak of the things touching the King, mytongue " may be " as the pen of a ready writer." " ow is theSon of man glorified, and God is glorified in him : if God beglorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shallstraightway glorify him."These are remarkable words : remarkable in themselves — stillfarther remarkable from the circumstances in which they wereuttered. Our Lord w^as now entering on the concluding anddarkest scene of his expiatory sulferings. The things concerninghim were now about to have an end ; — the last desperate struggleof the powers of evil with their destined conqueror was about tocommence. The agonies in Gethsemane — the treachery of Judas' — ^the desertion of the disciples — the denial of Peter — the injusticeand barbarities of the Jewish Sanhedrim and people, and of theRoman governor and soldiery — the shame and torture of thescourge — the deeper disgrace and sharper agonies of the cross — the assaults of the wicked one — the withdrawment of the sense of his Father's presence and love — the pang which rends asundersoul and body — and the lonel y gTave, were all within a few hoursof him ; and he was aware of all this. His mortal life was aboutto close. The sun has gone down on it for the last time ; and,before to-morrow's sunset, his body will be in Joseph's sepulchre,and his spirit in paradise. But, in that short interval, how muchmust be done ! how much suflered ! The gTcat work of expiation
 
must be completed. The bui-den of human guilt, borne by himsince his incarnation, must be felt in all its crushing weight. Hemust alone struggle out the strange mysterious conflict with thepowers of darkness, — pressing his spirit down to the lowest depthof mental anguish, and his body to the dust of death. He must,like a felon and slave, hang on the cross, execrated by men, de-serted of God. He must agonize in Gethsemane ; — ^he must dieon Calvary. His short stormy day is to close in tempest ; and the134 THE TRIPLE GLORIFICATIO. [EXP. XXV.clouds wTaicli hnng over him during its whole course, are tothicken into a darkness that might be felt. Such was the positionwhich the Son of man occupied, and knew that he occupied, whenhe uttered these wonderful words, " ow is the Son of manglorified, and God is glorified in him : if God be glorified in him,God will also glorify him in himself, and will straightway glorifyhim."Along with his twelve chosen companions, he had observedthat Jewish festival Avhich commemorated the deliverance fromEgypt, and foreshadowed that more glorious redemption he v/asabout to accomplish. It was his wish to leave with his faithfulfollowers, in an emblematical ordinance, a concentrated view of all that was most peculiar in his religion, and a pledge of his un-alterable love to them, and of their eternal salvation by him ; andto communicate to them such instructions and consolations asmight sustain their faith under the severe trial to which it was tobe exposed, and prepare them for the great work to which theywere destined, in the establishment of his kingdom in the world.But he could do neither of these in a manner congenial with hisfeelings, or fitted to gain their great purpose so long as the onefalse-hearted disciple polluted by his presence their holy fellow-ship. The traitor is at last got rid of; he is gone to consummatehis treason. The oppressive weight is removed for a season fromthe SaA'iour's lieart; lie breatlies more freely, and gives utteranceto those feelings of holy exultation which, in strange companion-ship with fear, and sorrow, and anguish, then dwelt in his capa-cious bosom. "Ye are clean," said he, while the traitor kepthis place: ''ye are clean, but not all." He is gone, and nowthey are all clean — there is not now one "spot in their feast of charity" — and thoughts and feelings, on the part of the Saviour,became audible, which it would have been profanation to be lis-tened to by ears like those of Judas : " Therefore, when he wasgone out, Jesus said, ow is the Son of man glorified, and God is

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