GOD’S UNLIMITED GLORY IS IN HIS SON—THE LORD JESUS CHIST, TOO!
That makes sense, because Jesus said in John 10:30 that, “I and the Father are one.”
The glory of Christ summarizes all He is (all of His greatness, power, holiness, mercy, love majesty, grace…and more).
Here’s what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:4,6 about God’s glory in Christ:
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God…For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
Unbelievers cannot see the glory of Christ yet, but Christ is the image of God, and His glory fills the Bible and all creation. And, God’s light shines in our hearts to give us ALL the knowledge of the glory of God—in the face, or the person, of Christ! In fact, Paul called Jesus Christ the “Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8).
The Holy Spirit helps us understand Christ’s greatness and glory through His Word. We’re going to read a lot of passages about Christ and His glory—from eternity past, through His creation of the world, His birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, today at the right hand of the Father, and into all eternity future:
Begin with eternity past and His creation of the world: John 1:1-2, John 17:5, Genesis 1:1-2, John 1:3.
Then, all of Israel’s Old Testament kings, priests, symbols, feasts, events, sacrifices, commands, promises and prophecies are fulfilled in Christ. Here are a few Old Testament passages as just a few examples:
Psalm 23, Psalm 24:7-8, Psalm 110:1-2,4, Isaiah 52 and 53, Daniel 7:9-14
Then, the glory of the invisible God became visible in Jesus from the time of His birth 2000+ years ago:
- An angel appeared to His parents before He was born: Luke 1:32-33 & Matthew 1:21-23 (fulfilled Isaiah 7:14).
- We see the Father’s glory in Jesus’ birth: John 1:14,18.
- Angels announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds—glory to God in the highest: Luke 2:9-14.
Jesus grew, became a man, and ministered in His glory for three years
- His baptism: Matthew 3:16-17, John 1:29-34
- Matthew summarized Jesus’ teachings and acts of glory: Matthew 4:23-24.
- Many people were filled with awe and amazement by all of Jesus’ teachings, commands and miracles.
- In Matthew 16:13-16, Jesus asked His disciples who the people and the disciples believed Jesus was. Peter’s answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” is the Rock (foundation) on which He builds His Church.
- Jesus displayed God’s glory in His Transfiguration: Luke 9:32 and 2 Peter 1:16-17.
- Jesus told Martha that Lazarus’ death was to show His and the Father’s glory: John 11:4
- Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem: Luke 19:37-38
- Jesus prayed that He and the Father would receive glory by Him completing the Father’s work on earth: John 12:27-29 and John 17:1-4.
- Jesus was arrested and questioned by the high priest. He admitted that He is the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One. And, He told Pilate that He was born to be a King. Pilate had Him flogged, and had a sign nailed over His head on the cross saying, “This is the King of the Jews.”
- Some of the life-changing things He said while He hung on the cross: Luke 23:34, Luke 27:45, Matthew 27:46, John 19:30, Luke 23:46.
- The risen Christ told His disciples that all authority was given to Him: Matthew 28:18-20
- Angels at His gravesite told the women that Jesus had risen: Matthew 28:5-6
- Peter said in Acts 2:24 that it was impossible for death to hold Him!
- Jesus ascended to heaven: Acts 1:9-11
- Some passages about the ascended Christ: Colossians 1:18-20, Hebrews 1:1-3, Ephesians 1:21-23, Revelation 1:12-18, Revelation 5:5-14.
SING “Holy, Holy, Holy” together.
A verse that helps us understand the vast supremacy of Christ is Colossians 3:11, “Christ is all, and is in all.” He surrounds all, He is before all, He is after all, He is over all, He Is LORD OF ALL—HE IS ALL GLORY!
Let us exalt Christ now as Philippians 2:9-11 says one day “every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
SING “Majesty” together.
READ “TRIBUTE 1: Who Christ is TO US today” together. (Click HERE to download the document.)
SING “He Is Lord” together, or maybe “Christ Alone” or “Joy to the World.”
The “40 Days of Feasting on the Names of Christ” is a booklet of daily devotionals on 40 names of Christ, to help people know Him more each day—so they will love Him more, worship Him more, and want to tell many others about Him.
READ together out loud an 1862 “Doxology” by Charles Spurgeon, called “To Him (Jesus) be Glory”—based upon 2 Peter 3:18. (Click HERE to download the document.)
SING “O Come Let Us Adore Him” chorus together.