At UnveilinGLORY, we believe everything revolves around God (Romans 11:36, for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things)—even Jesus’ death. He died primarily to bring His Father glory.
How do we arrive at this conclusion? It’s really quite simple.
In John 12:27 and 28, Jesus (one day away from being crucified) has talked to His disciples and told them that He really doesn’t want to die on the cross. Who would? It is one of the worst deaths any human can endure: death by nails resulting in a slow suffocation. It was going to be extremely painful and one of the worst deaths any human can endure.
After telling His disciples He doesn’t want to do it, He starts speaking to His heavenly Father about His death. Now here is the key question. Is He going to talk to His heavenly Father about the primary reason why He’s going to the cross, or a secondary reason?
We think you’d agree: primary.
What He doesn’t say speaks volumes. He doesn’t say, “Father, save these kind, wonderful, worthy people from hell they don’t deserve it.” In fact, He doesn’t talk about us at all. (“Darn, really? Cause I thought it was all about us.” No, it’s not.) What does He say?
“Father, glorify Thy name.”
The primary reason Christ went to the cross was to bring His Father glory.
Did Jesus die for our sins? Absolutely yes. But it was done to glorify God.
If the church doesn’t see the difference between the primary reason and the secondary reason for Christ’s death, we’ll never rise above mediocre Christianity. Our divorce rate will be the same as non-Christians. Our giving will be the same. Our youth will be pregnant out of wedlock at the same rate. Abortions will still be done by believers at an alarming rate. We’ll want the same “Great American Dream.” We won’t be any different.
But if we do see the difference, everything will change. Now our primary reason for living will be to glorify the Father, even if it means suffering, even if it means dying. His glory is worth it all.
A Cat says, “Jesus died primarily for me.” A Dog says, “Jesus died primarily to glorify His Father.”
Cats seek God for what He can give them. Dogs seek God for who He is.
Two different Christianities. Help us get this message out to the body of Christ. Invite one of our professional speakers to your church to speak, purchase some of our materials, watch the free on-line teaching, or use our homeschool curriculum. Then once you understand it, teach it to others! Get the message out: it’s not primarily about us!!