Jesus is glorious - full of glory. Glory is one of those wonderful words that we "know" what it means, but it is hard to define. Soldiers sometimes fight and die for the "glory" of their country. We speak of the glory of Christmas. What does it mean when we say Jesus is glorious?
The word "glory", as we are using it, relates to honour, doing something that brings honour or respect to the person doing it or to someone else. It can be the revelation of a good character, or doing a great act that is worthy of praise.
How is Jesus glorious?
Jesus is glorious in creation. He made the worlds. He designed the universe. He created the mountains, trees, rivers, animals, the human body, and even the human soul. All things were made by Him [John 1:3]. Look around at creation, it all sings of the glory of Christ [Ps. 19]. Certainly, it has been corrupted by sin, but the joyful image of its Creator is still there.
Luke 13:17 ...and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
Jesus is glorious because of the things He did went He walked the earth. When Jesus was here He healed the sick, cast out demons, stood up against religious oppressors. The common people saw the acts of Jesus and praised or gave glory to God. Jesus showed the people what God was really like.
Acts 1:1 ...of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.
Jesus is glorious not only because of what He did when He was on the earth, but also He continues to do the works of God. Luke, in the first verse of Acts, states that Jesus continues to do His work. He did not stop after the resurrection. Now He works by the Holy Spirit through His people. The glorious works of Jesus continue. They have been going on for 2,000 years and will continue to go on to the Second Coming of Christ.
Col. 1:11 ...strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness...
Jesus is glorious in power. There is none like Him. Nature obeyed Him. The demonic realm trembled and fled. Men and women submitted to Him. By His very words the worlds were formed [Heb. 1:2, 11:3]...and by His words that are kept [2 Pet. 3:7]. No atomic bomb or climate change is going to end the world. Jesus has all power [Matt. 28:18]. No one of intelligence crosses Him [Ps. 2]!
Jesus is glorious in that He voluntarily went to the cross. He did not have to do it. It was the greatest act of love possible that the limitless, all-powerful God would place Himself in human hands to be tortured and murdered. They cried out at the cross, "He saved others, let Him save Himself! [Matt. 27:42]" If He had saved Himself, He could not have saved any one else. This is the single most glorious act of self-sacrifice that we have ever seen. It shows us what God is really like.
Jesus is glorious in His words [John 7:46]. No one has even spoken the way He spoke. He spoke with absolute authority. No one dared to disobey. His words have rebuild ruined lives, restored devastated relationships, toppled governments, and forever changed the course of history.
The name of Jesus is glorious. The name of Jesus is not just a traditional way to end a prayer. To speak in the name of Jesus is speak with all the authority and power of Jesus [Luke 10:17]. It is the right of all His children, but it is not to be taken lightly. Satan hates the name of Jesus because by it He is trampled into the dirt again and again. This is one reason why he moves people to use the name of Jesus as a curse. He is trying to dishonour the glorious Name. He wants it held in disrespect so that it will not be used against him. I have never heard anyone use any other religious figure's name as a curse. Why not? Satan does not hate other religions since they are all part of his false system. He hates Jesus because Jesus is the Truth.
Jesus is glorious in victory. He fought the greatest battle of all time on the cross. He defeated Satan. Every true victory is dependent on this one victory. Without it all would have been forever lost. The entire destiny of the universe depended on one pitched battle [Col. 2:15]. To glory or despair. Jesus won! The victory and the glory is His.
In every way, on every level, Jesus is glorious. This is none like Him and there never will be. It is one thing to look on the glory of Jesus from the outside, but far greater to see His glory from the inside. Only those who truly know Jesus can really see His glory. And the more you know Him the more glorious you see Him and the more you love Him.
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