Message from the Monthly Flyer December 2016
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall
see it together. Isaiah 40:5
As you look at chapter forty, however, you find another set of very recognizable scriptures. The voice of one crying in the wilderness was first mentioned here. It was the scriptures leading up to verse five that John the Baptist quoted while describing himself. Could it be that the "glory" mentioned here isn't the majesty of God's Spirit, but the humility of His humanity? In fact, in the Gospel of John 1:14, the word "glory" is used to describe the manifestation of God in the flesh.
However, this begs the question, where was the glory in the Son of Man? Not in the look of His person, nor in the status or place of His birth. Even His words and teachings, though profound, were very simple. With this in mind, we must consider another vision of glory. The whole purpose of the Almighty God coming to this earth wasn't to be a conquering hero, but to be a suffering servant. Could it be that God's definition of glory is best depicted by an old bloody cross and the salvation it symbolizes?
If that is true, then our human definition of glory is truly wrong. The glory of the Lord isn't in the angels crying holy; no, it's found in the seeking and saving of that which was lost.
We read Isaiah 40:5 and long for that day, when the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and this world will be changed. But could it be that the Lord has the same prayer? That His glory would be revealed today, as it was before, by His body being broken so the world might be saved? We, as the church, are the body of Christ. How might we change our world? If we show the glory of God according to His definition? ah
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