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Revealing His Glory

“This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed His Glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him” (Jn. 2:11).

“…a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.” (Lk. 9:34)

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory” (Jn. 17:24)

Jesus Reveals His Glory:

What are we seeing in these verses? What is it inside of us that shifts when we truly see the radiating splendor of God? Make no mistake the Glory of God is the key to igniting faith in the human heart!

In the New Testament we see that Jesus revealed His Glory in four major ways:
1. through His signs and wonders (Mt. 11:3-6),
2. through His revelation of the Father’s heart (Jn. 5:19-23),
3. through His transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8)
4. and finally through His cross and resurrection (Rom. 6:4).

To behold His Glory was to see the essence of who He was… the express image of the Father - His Person (Heb. 1:3). Truly He upholds all things by the Word of His Power; and by way of His completed work in the Earth, He has earned His place at the right hand of the Majesty on High.

Beholding Transforms:

Beholding the Glory revealed in Christ affected His disciples so significantly that the Scripture tells us they couldn’t even talk about it (Lk. 9:32-36). That revelation became the birth place of their faith and all they understood was that they could never be satisfied without it.

Notice this rather odd request by James and John: they wanted to sit in His Glory, one of them at Jesus’ right hand and the other at His left… for all of eternity (Mk. 10:35). They were seeing something that transformed their understanding so deeply that they wanted it for all time.

Ah, But There’s More!

I believe that the more we see of the Glory, the more we want to see. It is inexhaustible! We see so much in Scripture, yet the Apostle John wrote, “there are also many other things Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25). Christ reveals the Father’s splendor, character and purpose that can never be seen any other way (2 Cor. 4:6). The lame, walking and the deaf, hearing; sickness and diseases being healed without the influence of a doctor; and demons, fleeing with only a word. The dead, raised at the sound of His voice and the living, transformed at the touch of His hands. How, you might ask? He continues to identify the Glory as the real source of His power (Jn. 11:40).

He would still say to us today, “if you will only believe you will see the Glory of God”.

John was clear about the impact of beholding His Glory… it was the reality of walking in the light (1 Jn. 1:7). Peter was clear about the experience… “joy unspeakable and full of Glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). Paul even prayed that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened to the riches of the Glory of the inheritance among the saints, in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:17). Does it not make you yearn like Moses…

“Lord – Please, show me Your Glory!” (Exod. 33:18)

Encounter the Glory

“This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed His Glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him” (Jn. 2:11).

“…a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.” (Lk. 9:34)

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory” (Jn. 17:24)

Jesus Reveals His Glory:

What are we seeing in these verses? What is it inside of us that shifts when we truly see the radiating splendor of God? Make no mistake the Glory of God is the key to igniting faith in the human heart!

In the New Testament we see that Jesus revealed His Glory in four major ways:
1. through His signs and wonders (Mt. 11:3-6),
2. through His revelation of the Father’s heart (Jn. 5:19-23),
3. through His transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8)
4. and finally through His cross and resurrection (Rom. 6:4).

To behold His Glory was to see the essence of who He was… the express image of the Father – His Person (Heb. 1:3). Truly He upholds all things by the Word of His Power; and by way of His completed work in the Earth, He has earned His place at the right hand of the Majesty on High.

Beholding Transforms:

Beholding the Glory revealed in Christ affected His disciples so significantly that the Scripture tells us they couldn’t even talk about it (Lk. 9:32-36). That revelation became the birth place of their faith and all they understood was that they could never be satisfied without it.

Notice this rather odd request by James and John: they wanted to sit in His Glory, one of them at Jesus’ right hand and the other at His left… for all of eternity (Mk. 10:35). They were seeing something that transformed their understanding so deeply that they wanted it for all time.

Ah, But There’s More!

I believe that the more we see of the Glory, the more we want to see. It is inexhaustible! We see so much in Scripture, yet the Apostle John wrote, “there are also many other things Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25). Christ reveals the Father’s splendor, character and purpose that can never be seen any other way (2 Cor. 4:6). The lame, walking and the deaf, hearing; sickness and diseases being healed without the influence of a doctor; and demons, fleeing with only a word. The dead, raised at the sound of His voice and the living, transformed at the touch of His hands. How, you might ask? He continues to identify the Glory as the real source of His power (Jn. 11:40).

He would still say to us today, “if you will only believe you will see the Glory of God”.

John was clear about the impact of beholding His Glory… it was the reality of walking in the light (1 Jn. 1:7). Peter was clear about the experience… “joy unspeakable and full of Glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). Paul even prayed that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened to the riches of the Glory of the inheritance among the saints, in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:17). Does it not make you yearn like Moses…

“Lord – Please, show me Your Glory!” (Exod. 33:18)

Significance of Glory

“This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed His Glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him” (Jn. 2:11).

“…a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.” (Lk. 9:34)

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory.” (Jn. 17:24)

What are we seeing in these verses? Jesus revealing the Glory of God! What happens when we see these things… what shifts inside us when we truly see the radiating splendor of God? Make no mistake, the Glory of God is the key to igniting faith in the human heart! The significance of the Glory then – is to invite us into where He is!

In the New Testament we see that Jesus revealed Glory in four major ways:
1. Through signs and wonders (Mt. 11:3-6),
2. Through revelation of His Father’s heart (Jn. 5:19-23),
3. Through His transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8)
4. Through the cross and resurrection (Rom. 6:4).

To behold His Glory is to see the essence of who He is… the express image of the Father – His Person (Heb. 1:3). Truly He upholds all things by the Word of His Power; and by way of His completed work in the Earth, He has earned His place at the right hand of the Majesty on High. Therefore, stepping into His Glory should make us feel completely whole, safe and accepted… His love is glorious!

Beholding Transforms:

Beholding the Glory revealed in Christ affected His disciples so significantly that the Scripture tells us they couldn’t even talk about it (Lk. 9:32-36). That revelation became the birth place of their faith and all they understood was that they could never be satisfied without it.

Notice this rather odd request by James and John: they wanted to sit in His Glory, one of them at Jesus’ right hand and the other at His left… for all of eternity (Mk. 10:35). They were seeing something that transformed their understanding so deeply that they wanted it for all time.

Ah, But There’s More!

I believe that the more we see of the Glory, the more we want to see. It is inexhaustible! We see so much in Scripture, yet the Apostle John wrote, “there are also many other things Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25). Christ reveals the Father’s splendor, character and purpose that can never be seen any other way (2 Cor. 4:6). The lame walking and the deaf hearing; sickness and diseases being healed without the influence of a doctor; and demons fleeing with only a word. The dead raised at the sound of His voice and the living transformed at the touch of His hands. How, you might ask? He continues to identify the Glory as the real source of His power (Jn. 11:40).

He would still say to us today, “if you will only believe you will see the Glory of God”.

John was clear about the impact of beholding His Glory… it was the reality of walking in the light (1 Jn. 1:7). Peter was clear about the experience… “joy unspeakable and full of Glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). Paul even prayed that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened to the riches of the Glory of the inheritance among the saints, in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:17). Does it not make you yearn like Moses…

“Lord – Please, show me Your Glory!” (Exod. 33:18)

Emotional Rollercoaster

Mt Elgon, Kenya

Mt Elgon, Kenya

The Prophet Elijah had experienced a great victory on Mt Carmel, where Yahweh was proven to be the true God. God had answered by fire, just like Elijah said He would. The people had turned their hearts toward God and the Baal prophets had been put to death (1 Kings 18:37-40). All things considered, it had been a great day in the Kingdom of Heaven.

All but that Jezebel thing…

These times of spiritual breakthrough; as powerful as they may appear, also open the door to vulnerable moments… uniquely human moments. Elijah had expended a great deal of energy, both physically and spiritually. It was truly a mountain-top experience, but now he needed to watch out for the valleys that lay below.

Jezebel’s Threat:

As soon as Jezebel heard of the victory of Elijah, she sent her threat and his expectations for revival and reformation were dashed into pieces like a china cup on a concrete floor (1 Kings 19:1-3). Being disappointed, Elijah got his eyes off the Lord, became fearful, and ran for his life down to Beersheba and then beyond into the desert. He was alone, having left his servant behind. He was tired, exhausted and in the wilderness by himself without food and water. And in the emotional state he found himself in, this threat seemed bigger than his strength could endure.

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Expectations:

Of course he was not alone; because the Lord was there, but he felt totally abandon, helpless, fearful, hurt and overwhelmed. He was not thinking from the viewpoint of God’s purpose any longer. As quickly as the victory was gained another battle was exposed. He had now resigned to pray that God would take his life from him. “I’m no better than my fathers” he said, “I’ve had enough.”

Our Father - Our Friend:

Taking the opportunity to ”father” Elijah, God asks him twice, ”Why are you here?” (1 Kings 19:9 & 13) In other words, God was asking His Child to think about what he had been doing. Elijah said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of Hosts, and the Children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left and they seek to take my life.” I can almost hear the passion of a frustrated son explaining to his father that he might be missing something.

The Father’s Response:

  • “I’m invested in you Elijah, because I love you.”

To me its the real story of the “still small voice”. God must remind us that the big things are awesome and can get the attention of people, but they are not the point. The point is that God loves us more than what we do! That is the truth that matters most. Intimacy with God is to feel like an embrace and an opportunity to hear the Father’s still small voice. He will whisper secrets that draw us close in times of disappointment, but we need to tune into them.

  • “You are not a failure. Get back on track, I trust your obedience.”

God believes in us more than we believe in ourselves. Here we see God demonstrate His loving approval of Elijah by saying, “Go anoint Hazael as King over Syria, Jehu as King over Israel and Elisha as a prophet to follow in your footsteps.” God was saying that He still had a plan and He was not done with Elijah. God wants us to recognize that we are part of a “big picture” and only He knows all that is happening within the frame.

  • “Encourage yourself in the fact that there are things in the spirit I am still revealing to you.”

Then God gives Elijah a secret… ”I’ve kept 7000 faithful people of Israel away from following Baal. So don’t give up, you are not alone.” We must remind ourselves that God is at work even when we do not see it.  Seeing properly means we must see spiritually. The alternative makes us vulnerable to the emotional rollercoaster of living under the threats and poor perception of natural sight.

The Way Out

Jesus Christ, God’s Son offers us the Way out of all of our difficulties. He has an anointing from the Father to break us free from all captivity. He testified of Himself when in Luke He declared, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to…” (Lk 4:18-19) “…preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

  • Preach the Gospel to the Poor
  • To Heal the Brokenhearted
  • Bring Deliverance to the Captive
  • Recovery of Sight to the Blind
  • Liberty to the Oppressed

This is our day of freedom; our time of Jubilee, where all debts are cancelled and all slaves are released from their obligation. Our breakthrough has come, our deliverance is at hand and Jesus; Himself, has become our Breaker.

He was anointed for breakthrough!

You might ask, “What must I do? How do I find the way out of my desperate situation? What are the works of God… I will do them, I will do anything, because I need His help?”

The work of God is to believe!

 Just grab the hand, His Hand stretched out toward you today, for He was anointed to lead you and I through the gates. We must follow Him. Jesus answers us as He answered the people of His day:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life; which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him. Then they said, ‘What shall we do that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (Jn 6:26-29)

What makes “the way out” so difficult is that we find following and trusting to be more of a challenge than our efforts. Yet our efforts, our work to find the way out, our human wisdom and strength are limited and only leave us exhausted and fearful in the end. The way out is simple enough that a “child” can do it perfectly. Just take the hand of Jesus and let Him lead you through.

A child can do it perfectly! (Mt 18:1-5) 

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