The voice from heaven (Jn 12:28-12:28)

“‘Father!

Glorify your name!’

Then a voice

Came from heaven.

‘I have glorified it!

I will glorify it again!’”

Πάτερ, δόξασόν σου τὸ ὄνομα. ἦλθεν οὖν φωνὴ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ Καὶ ἐδόξασα καὶ πάλιν δοξάσω.

John indicated that Jesus said that the name (σου τὸ ὄνομα) of the Father (Πάτερ) should be glorified (δόξασόν).  With that, a voice (οὖν φωνὴ) came (ἦλθεν) from heaven (ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ) that said that he has glorified it (Καὶ ἐδόξασα) and would glorify it again (καὶ πάλιν δοξάσω).  Among the synoptics, this voice from heaven or the clouds appeared at the Baptism and Transfiguration of Jesus.  This was the only time in John, where there was the mention of a voice from heaven.  In Matthew, chapter 3:17, this voice from heaven (καὶ ἰδοὺ φωνὴ ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν) at the Baptism of Jesus did not address Jesus personally, as in Mark, chapter 1:11, and Luke, chapter 3:22.  In Matthew, chapter 17:5, this voice of God, the Father, said that Jesus was his most beloved son (λέγουσα Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Υἱός μου ὁ ἀγαπητός), in whom he was well pleased (ἐν ᾧ εὐδόκησα).  This voice from the cloud at the Transfiguration of Jesus can be found in all three synoptic gospels, Mark, chapter 9:7, Luke, chapter 9:34-35, and in Matthew, but there are minor differences in all three accounts.  The wording of the voice from the clouds sounds almost exactly like the voice from heaven after the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.  This voice from the cloud (καὶ ἰδοὺ φωνὴ ἐκ τῆς νεφέλης) said that Jesus was his most beloved Son (λέγουσα Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Υἱός μου ὁ ἀγαπητός), in whom he was well pleased (ἐν ᾧ εὐδόκησα).  However, there was a further admonition to listen to him (ἀκούετε αὐτοῦ).  Matthew has a clear connection between the Baptism of Jesus and his Transfiguration.  Both times, the Father as the voice from heaven pronounced that Jesus was his beloved Son in whom he was well pleased.  Mark, chapter 9:7, said that a cloud overshadowed them (καὶ ἐγένετο νεφέλη ἐπισκιάζουσα αὐτοῖς).  Then there was a voice from the cloud (καὶ ἐγένετο φωνὴ ἐκ τῆς νεφέλης) that said Jesus was his Son, the beloved one (Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Υἱός μου ὁ ἀγαπητός).  There was nothing about being pleased by him here.  However, there was the further admonition to listen to him (ἀκούετε αὐτοῦ).  Mark like Matthew had a clear connection between the Baptism of Jesus and his Transfiguration.  Both times, the Father as the voice from heaven pronounced that Jesus was his beloved Son.  Luke, chapter 9:35, said that a voice came from the cloud (καὶ φωνὴ ἐγένετο ἐκ τῆς νεφέλης) that said (λέγουσα) that this is my Son (Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Υἱός μου), my Chosen one (ὁ ἐκλελεγμένος).  Listen to him (αὐτοῦ ἀκούετε)!  John did not mention the Transfiguration event or any voice from heaven at the Baptism of Jesus.  However, this event was like a mini-transfiguration.  Do you believe that Jesus has been glorified?

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