This is the fourth lesson on the subject of Christ’s glory. I want to remind you of our theme verse, 2 Corinthians 4:6. Here it is from the long forgotten Good News Translation.
“The God who said, ‘Out of darkness the light shall shine!’ is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ.”
And that is what we are attempting in this study. We want to open up the Scripture and search for Jesus Christ. It is like a treasure hunt. When we find Jesus in the Bible we find God’s glory. Why? Jesus, God the Son, reflects the glory of God the Father.
In the first three lessons, we looked at the first three signs of Jesus recorded in John’s gospel. These signs show Jesus revealing the glory of God. Sometimes when He reveals His glory people are happy. And sometimes, when He reveals, people get mad. They get so mad the want to kill Him.
Last week we studied John 5:1-18. Here Jesus healed the man at the pool of Bethesda. Today we return to John 5 to see with greater clarity His revealed glory. But before we do, I think it is important that we come to understand more about the glory of God.
So the question is, what is the glory of God?
God’s glory is a difficult concept to define. Let’s consider the basic understanding of glory meaning light. Both the Hebrew Kavod and the Greek Doxa mean light or brilliant light. Here are two examples of that: Isaiah 60:1-3 and Revelation 21:22-25
In Isaiah and Revelation, we see glory as brightness, a manifestation of God.
But glory must be more than bright light. And it is. Let’s start at Isaiah 6:1-3 In Isaiah 6, The seraphim proclaim the holiness of God. As they proclaim His holiness, they sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts. The earth is full of His glory.”
I believe that the glory of God is His revealed holiness. God is holy. He is three times holy, or holiness complete. His glory is His holiness revealed to mankind.
Why is this important? Because when people are confronted by the glory of God, by God’s holiness, they are convicted, and they have a sense of helplessness. Our sin, no matter how small, is gross and great in the presence of the Holy God.
In Isaiah 6:5 this very thing happens. Isaiah, when confronted by the glory of God becomes instantly aware of his sin. He says, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”
Isaiah cries out to God for salvation. God provides that salvation, and we see it given in a very symbolic manner. Look at verses 6 and 7. “Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.’”
God’s glory is holiness revealed. When we are confronted by God’s holiness there is only one response – acknowledge your sin and call upon God to save you.
Turn to Leviticus 10. In Leviticus 10 I will make a similar connection between God’s glory and His holiness. I will also show you the wrong way to approach God.
“Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’”
Nadab and Abihu approached through their own strength, they approached God without repentance and without responding to His holiness. They were careless and maybe even flippant in their worship. And God struck them dead.
When God reveals His glory, we become aware of our sin and we should repent and turn to Him because God is holy and to be worshiped.
Now let’s turn to John 5:19 and pick up where we left off last week. There is a great deal in this monologue we are not going to address. I want you to read it carefully. In fact, do that now. Read John 5:16-47.
I will address just one aspect of the monologue. The one thing I want show you in this monologue is that Jesus, God the Son, like God the Father has power over life and death.
Please read John 5:21-27
“For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man”
Jesus is the revealed glory of God, He is holiness personified. Jesus is the giver of eternal life and He is also the one who judges those who reject Him.
I want eternal life and you should want it as well. We receive this life by hearing the Word and believing. Please remember Verse, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
God is calling you. Those that hear His voice and believe will be saved. Those that reject Him, who do not turn toward Jesus, they will be judged.
The paralyzed man at the Pool of Bethesda is a picture of this very thing. His limbs were dead or withered. They had no life. Without life, he was condemned. Jesus, though, healed this man. He gave his dead limbs life and instantly the man could walk.
If you are a believer, your story is the same. One day, in your past, you too were spiritually dead with no hope. And Jesus looked and picked you. He spoke and you heard His voice. You turned toward Him. And your dead spirit, incapable of responding to God, Jesus gave it life. And you jumped up and became fully alive.
This happened when God revealed His glory in the person of Jesus to you. And you saw yourself for what you were, a sinner without hope. But God called you and saved you.
There are unbelievers listening to this podcast. You may be one. You hear the voice of God through the Word calling to you. If you are listening and now you see the glory of God in the person of Jesus, turn from your sin and call on Jesus to save you. Jesus is perfectly holy. This holy Jesus loves you and wants to save you.
Jesus has already died for your sin. He has already paid the price for your wickedness. Now Jesus is waiting for you to respond. Please call on Jesus today.
- Believe that Jesus died and rose again for your sin and for your eternal life.
- Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sin.
- Call on Jesus to save you.
There is no reason to delay this. There is no reason to wait. Do it now.
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