December 1st - Glory of the Lord

     As we begin our Advent season we will be looking at the titles and names of Jesus this year. Our Lord and Savior has so many meaningful and beautiful names that reflect His character and attributes. May the Lord bless you as we explore some of them.

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Isaiah 40:5 “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together,

for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

 

      Glory means a lot of things to different groups of people. Celebrities, politicians and athletes often enjoy the glory of their position. The Glory of God is a completely different and impossible to define or comprehend. Our own comprehension as believers is described in 1 Corinthians as “dimly” seeing with the assurance of “fully” knowing when we see Him face to face. The glory of God is mentioned almost 80 times in Scripture and glory or glorious over 500 times.

      Luke 2:9 “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around the, and they were greatly afraid.”  This verse is when the shepherds were watching their flocks.

       John 1:14 “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” This verse speaks of how Isaiah 40 was fulfilled.

      Revelation 21:23 “ the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” How difficult that is to understand but what a “glorious” site it will be!

      The glory of and Son of God came to this earth as a helpless infant, born to a teenager and slept His first nights in an animal trough. He lived a life of humility and He gave it all for those that believe in Him. How little we give Him in return.

      I am a big Third Day fan so here are a few verses from a song of theirs titled, “Show me Your Glory”.

 

I caught a glimpse of Your splendor

In the corner of my eye

The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen

And it was like a flash of lightning

Reflected off the sky

And I know I’ll never be the same

 

Show me Your glory

Send down Your presence

I want to see Your face

Show me Your glory

Majesty shines about You

I can’t go on without You, Lord

 

Our Father and our God,

We praise your Holy name. During this Advent season help us to “Be still and know that You are God”. Help us to be thankful of the gift of Your Son and His atoning work on the cross. Make our prayer that we can’t go on without You, Lord. Help us to be a light to all that we come in contact with and always give You the glory that you are due.

Come Lord Jesus, come.

Submitted by Karen Bryant, Elder