The Brightness of God’s Glory

Jesus is the Brightness of God’s Glory.

“Who being the brightness of His Glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb 1:3)

Jesus Christ is the “radiance” of God’s Glory, because He is God. The “brightness of His glory” refers to the Shekinah Glory of God that would manifest in the Old Testament tabernacle and temple (Ex. 40:34-38; 1 Kings 8:10). The cloud, the fire and the powerful manifestations of God were more than just traditions. They were the platform of His relationship with humanity until God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. These amazing experiences with the Glory of God were vital to the healthy expressions of worship, because until the Day of Christ (Gal 4:4-7), sin still stood as a barrier between God and man. The Glory was in many ways a visible sign to God’s people that He was close and available! In fact, the Glory that would manifest upon the Ark of the Covenant was a demonstration of God’s heart desiring to meet with Moses and speak to the People of God (Ex 25:21-22).

In Jesus Christ - the Invisible becomes Visible!

Jesus Christ is the “exact representation” of God’s Glory – revealing His nature. All that God is, in His nature and being, is expressed and revealed perfectly in Christ. This is why Jesus is called Immanuel, God with us. Its because Jesus “is the image of the invisible God”. He has explained Him and shown the Glory to us, so we would be without excuse (Jn. 1:14-18)(Jn. 14:23)(Col. 2:9). If you want to know what God is like, take a long hard look at Him in His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6). When you see Christ - you see the Glory of God, bright, brilliant and wonderful… the Light of the World (Jn 8:12).

Revealing God’s Heart:

Jesus Christ is the revelation of God’s Glory; the radiance of God’s “spiritual substance” in the sense that God was manifest in the flesh. We get to enjoy the real heart of God as a Father, in Jesus Christ. It is impossible to separate the concept of Glory from the nature of Christ’s three and a half years of ministry among us. He came to take away the sin of the world, to destroy the works of the devil and He went about the Galilean countryside healing the sick and delivering the captives from demonic oppression. Without Jesus Christ we are in the dark, utterly in darkness concerning God. It is in Christ that God is revealed (Jn. 17:5). Our illumination is found in His brightness. He is the revelation of the Father’s heart toward our sin, sickness and deliverance. He has come to set the captives free and display the Father’s will.

Revealing Glory:

To the leper, in need of cleansing… Jesus said “I am willing” (Mk 1:41). To the woman with the flow of blood, reaching for the hem of His garment… Jesus said “Daughter your faith has made you well, go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mk 5:34). To the deaf man… Jesus looked into heaven and said “Be opened” (Mk 7:34). In all of these cases and more, we see the Glory manifest and revealed in Jesus. He said of Himself, ”The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19).

Jesus said to Martha at the death of her brother Lazarus, “Did I not say to you that if you believe you would see the Glory of God?” (Jn 11:40)

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