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     This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of Lent. The theme is “Glorify God.”  The scripture reading is taken from John 12:20-33, Jesus Predicts His Death.  Jesus’ journey to the cross is approaching.

     Jesus says, “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.”  Several verses later, Jesus says, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say?  Father save me from this hour:  but for this cause came I unto this hour.  Father glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

     In life and death, Jesus glorified God, his father.

     There are many lessons to be drawn from this scripture text.  When Jesus said, “The Son of man should be glorified” it was not to draw attention to himself.  His glorification, in life and in death, was for the glory of God.

     As with other lessons given to us, we learn that what matters most to God is not necessarily what matters most to us.  Jesus said, “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”

     Each day, we are required to make choices, some more difficult to do than others.  Some requiring that we “lose” our personal wants, desires and fears in order to fulfill a greater purpose and bring glory and honor to God.

     May God grant us the courage and wisdom to live a life that matters most to Him and may we, in our life and in our death, glorify our heavenly Father.
            (Helene Fergerstrom,, Makiki Congregation)


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