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This Is Glory? Not in Our Imagination
December 16, 2020
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“A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”” (Isaiah 40:3–5)
The glory of the Lord will be revealed.
Revealed? What kind of glory (Hebrew Kavod: honor, weightiness, splendor) is this?
Father, our picture of glory is so distant from yours. For us, glory is power and might and making sure we get our place and our due. For your son, it is emptying himself and becoming a servant. It leaves us wondering a lot about who you are if this is how you reveal your glory. It leaves us wondering a lot more about how we are supposed to be in this world if this is how you reveal your glory.
And yet all of this,
reveals your glory.
“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”” (Revelation 5:6–12)
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.
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