Date: December 6, 2013 9:48 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Message of Glory
Message of Glory
"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." (Revelation 4:11)
Scripture Focus: Luke 2:8-20; John 17:24
The night was black, the hillside filled with sleeping sheep and watchful shepherds. Suddenly, an angel appeared to them with his message of good news and joy. Then the heavens opened and a whole angel chorus exclaimed, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests" (Luke 2:13-14)! These same messengers had just come from the presence of God where their duty was to praise Him. "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty! The whole earth is filled with his glory" (Isaiah 6:3)! Now their mission was to announce to us, "He is full of glory!"
Israel had seen God's glory as He opened the Red Sea, led them with a pillar of cloud and fire, settled over Sinai and dwelt in the Holy of Holies first in the tabernacle and later in the temple. But once, because of their rebellion and sin, His glory had been removed (Ezekiel 10). Now it was going to live among them. The shepherds would see it in the form of a babe in a manger. Through the Word, we see it, too, on Christmas Eve and always.
Insight: The babe in the manger doesn't seem heavy or awesome at first glance. Look again. He is now our glorified Lord Jesus, at the right hand of the Father.
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