I’m sure it has happened to us all. Suddenly you see something that was right under your nose the whole time, and you say, “What? Glory be!”
Glory be is an exclamation expressing surprise.
Well, it happened to me this week. I was reading in John 17 and 18. John 17 is a beautiful prayer of Jesus to His Father, right before He is betrayed and arrested. What stood out to me was verse 4 and 5. “I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do. And now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” I had to pause and really think about that. He is looking forward to being back in heaven with God. So powerful!
Then in John 18, Judas comes with a battalion of Roman soldiers and the Temple guards, with blazing torches and weapons to the Garden of Gethsemane. A battalion is 600 soldiers. Jesus steps forward and asks them, “Whom are you looking for?” They reply, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Judas was standing there next to the soldiers. Jesus said, “I am he.” And they all fell backward to the ground!
I love God’s timing of things. Later day I was in a Beth Moore Bible study and this very passage came up. She says that the words Jesus actually used, according to the Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English, are this:
“Whom do you seek. They answered Him, Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus said to them, I AM! And they fell to the ground.”
God said this very same Name to Moses in Ex. 3:13-14. “I AM THAT I AM.” The God of all creation, El Elyon, the Sovereign and Supreme Most High God, stood before them in the Garden of Gethsemane, as living, breathing flesh and uttered His perfect, divine and holy Name, I AM.”
And that’s what knocked over the 600 soldiers, The Temple Guards, and Judas.
Can you image it? They just witnessed the power of Jesus first hand, and still arrested Him. Because it had to happen, so Jesus would die on the cross to forgive our sins and the sins of the world. That was God’s plan all along to restore us to Him!
But it makes me wonder, did some of those men think about it later, what happened to them, in that garden, on that night? Did they then come to know Christ as their Savior?
We won’t know the answer to that until heaven, but all I’ve got to say is Glory be! Glory be to God in the Highest!
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