I’m part of Facebook group called Compadres. The group is made up of wonderful Christian leaders. Many of the folks in the group are bloggers; so we decided to come together and share our blogs this summer – hence the Compadres Blog Tour. Each of us will be writing about the glory of Jesus Christ. What you read below is my feeble addition to this wonderful project. Blessings!
Here’s one of the things Unger’s Dictionary had to say about glory. “It is the exercise and divine display of what constitutes the distinctive excellence of the subject to which it is spoken; thus, in respect to God, His glory is the manifestation of His divine attributes and perfections, or such a visible splendor as indicates the possession and presence of these.”
Here’s what I think this means; when we talk about the glory of God we are referring to the things that make God, God – His love, holiness, truthfulness, compassion, kindness, graciousness, patience, etc. We see this in the ways that God has revealed himself through His creation. Paul talks about being able to see it in creation itself (Rom 1:20). But I think we can most clearly see God’s glory in life of Jesus – it’s the incarnational aspect of Christ (John 1:14; 14:13). Jesus lets us see what God looks like. But not just what he looks like. We also get to look through Jesus’ life and see into the heart of God. We get to see His glory.
So here’s where it gets good for Jesus’ followers. And not just good, but real good. As we respond to the call in our life to be Jesus’ disciples, we are called to begin looking more like Jesus. That’s when we actually begin to reveal the glory of the Father. Check this out: “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image” (2 Cor 3:18, NLT). I LOVE THIS!!!
Just think about how cool this is! We can see into the heart of God as we watch and listen from Jesus. And as our relationship with the Father grows deeper and deeper, we become more and more like Him. That’s when other people can see into the heart of God through us.
So what does that really mean for me? How does it affect my life? I want to try to answer that question. But first, take a look at this picture.
I love this picture for many reasons.
As you read these last few sentences, I want to encourage you to read slowly. Allow me to lead your heart and mind for just a moment.
In this picture we see the manifestation of 2 Corinthians 3:18. Go back and read that verse again.
I think Jesus would have sought this man out. I think Jesus would have gone out of his way to find this man among the crowds, and touch him, as every one else around kept their distance. Can you just imagine how this would have played. Imagine the crowds gathering around as Jesus came into town. Can you see them? Can you hear the excitement as the great miracle worker walked into town being followed by his ragtag group of 12? Do you see the crowds coming out and filling the streets, trying to reach him so that they might only be able to touch his cloak?
Now look off in the distance beyond the crowds. There you will find this man. Probably standing alone. Perhaps only his mother standing with him. Now imagine Jesus making his way through the crowds because there was Kingdom work to be done. Can you see Jesus walking up to this man that no one else would touch? He’s right there. So close that you can see the tears in Jesus’ eyes because he understands, he feels the pain and loneliness of the man who has been rejected and cast aside his entire life. And then he swallows the man up in His arms.
The crowds just saw the Glory of the Heavenly Father. We just saw the Glory of the Heavenly Father. That is what it means to live out the Kingdom of God – to bring the attributes of God to earth for everyone to see and experience.
Now, go, make your way through the crowd and find that man.