I was at a friend’s memorial service today, at Christ the King Church. It was my second time there. Me and my friend kept looking around following the cues of others so as not to feel aliens but clearly we were out of place.
That might be part of the moral of the story but this is what I really wanted to say.
The Priest of the day, he was a Monsignor something, made some amazing statements regarding our pursuits and what we consider the hour of glory.
He spoke of two places in John; one at the wedding in Cana where a wedding ran out of wine and Jesus’ mother asked him to intervene. He spoke to her and said
“Joh 2:4 Woman, what do I have to do with you? My hour has not yet come. “
The second place was in John 12. This was right before the passion of the Christ where he would eventually be betrayed and delivered to the cross.
Joh 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
We see two places, one where his hour hadn’t come and the other where his hour had come. The first hour, the Priest said, would definitely be what many of us would go for, as you can see the reactions at the wedding…
Some visible kind of glory.
The final hour, however, is the one which Jesus has been taking seriously from the start
John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. . v25 He that loves his life shall lose it, and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.
It is easier to light up at the thought of the first hour, the manifestation of power in the physical form, however to many of us, the idea that our lives are coming to an end is not exactly exciting and Jesus wasn’t much different;
Joh 12:27 Now is my soul troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour. But on account of this have I come to this hour.
For many who come to an end in Christ, this is something we do face at some point. Death has come. We have been crucified with Christ. Yet we keep on placing our eyes where we have been removed from. We are remaining at the first hour, looking for exterior healing, wine, glory, while He on the other hand is more interested in us realising we died and are ripe for His life to bloom.
[Even from the story of Cana, we can see there is a wine that lacks and one that fills; the one which the bridegroom (Christ) has prepared for his bride and guests.]
The point of the Priest was life after death. We know however, eternal life is now, it is a person; Christ. Life after death is now, we have been crucified with Christ. Shall we walk as citizens of the old when we have been called to a new pursuit:
Php 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death;