Posted by: dhkrause | December 16, 2017

God’s Love, Light and Glory

John 3_16 (3)

Jesus came into this world to reveal the love, light and glory of God.  He gave it all for us, and calls his followers to reflect that same love, light and glory.

His mission of love is most succinctly described in John 3:16:

John 3:16 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, is “a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of His people Israel.” (Luke 2:32Isaiah 60 describes how the light and glory of the Lord will be reflected by His people.

Isaiah 60 (NKJV)
Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you
.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

Isaiah 61_3

Isaiah 61 describes the healing and restoring work of the Messiah.  (Jesus quoted from this passage in Luke 4 when beginning His ministry.)  God’s restored people are described as “trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61 (NKJV)
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified
.”

Luke 2 recounts the birth of Jesus, noting that as an angel announced His birth to the shepherds, “the glory of the Lord shone around them.And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2 (NKJV)
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 1_13

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men
!”

Later when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to consecrate him, a devout man named Simeon prophesied saying the child was “a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”

Luke 2_30-32

Luke 2
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel
.”

In His life and ministry, Jesus continuously glorified the Father.  In John 17:4-5, he prays, “I have glorified You on the earth.  I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

John 17_4-5

John 17 (NKJV)
1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

Jesus then prays for the disciples, and declares, “I am glorified in them”.

“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.

He then prays for all believers, and declares, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.”

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

He then prays that his followers “may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me.”  And he prays, “that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

John 17_24

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Paul writes that God reveals His glory through Christ, and we can see and reflect that glory as the Spirit “makes us more and more like him”.

2 Corinthians 3 (NLT)
16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

2 Corinthians 3_18

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 12/16/2017, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
http://www.godswordimages.com/wallpaper/goodness/john-3-16/http://davisparkchurchmodesto.com/?attachment_id=1901https://daleargot.com/2015/12/25/jesus-is-born-angels-and-shepherds/http://www.thefellowshipsite.org/luke-230-32.htmlhttps://www.heartlight.org/wjd/john/1023-wjd.htmlhttp://www.verseoftheday.com/en/07232017/https://fromglorytoglory.net/tag/2-corinthians-318/


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