When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.” (John 13:31 – 32)

If you think these verses have a Lent/Resurrection/Easter sense about them – you are right! The final step for Jesus to be arrested, tried, and crucified has been completed. Judas has gone out to accomplish that task that only he could do. Think about that, beloved reader. Only Judas with his backdoor connections to the Jewish leaders; only Judas who felt that any act is worth it if money is gained; only Judas, who when pushed in a certain direction will continue on that path regardless. Only Judas. Just like only Peter could stumble his way to enlightenment. Only Thomas who was doubtful but eager to be convinced. Each of the disciples had certain traits that would lead them to the path that the Divine had established. And, beloved reader, only you and I are equipped to do what the Divine had always intended. Now, we have free will to decline. Judas could have changed his mind at the last minute. Peter could have held firm to his resolve to align himself to Jesus. And for that matter, Saul could have refused the chance to change into Paul. I could have been dissuaded to go to seminary; and you, beloved reader, could have decided not to read/follow this blog.

“Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Verses 33 – 35)

The interesting thing is this – despite our free will and our ability to accept or decline the Lord God, Jesus the Messiah, and the Holy Presence – the Divine knew what our decision would be long before we made it. Destiny and free will are just two sides the to the same out come, when it comes to the Divine. The Divine knew, knew what our free choice would be. And because it was freely made, we are glorified. And the Divine is glorified also, that the choice was ours and also the one that the Divine most desired for us and from us.

Let us let our discussion rest here. And I encourage to think on this pondering I have presented to you. Shalom!