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Daily Reading: 28th January 2015

John 11.38-40 cont.

38 Then again Jesus being deeply moved within Himself, came to the tomb, which was a cave, and a stone was laying on it.

39 Jesus said: “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the one who had died, said to Him: “Lord, he will stink for he has already been dead for four days.”

40 Jesus said to her: “Did I not tell you that if you should believe you will see the glory of God?”

It was a wonderful promise that Jesus made to Mary & Martha, the promise that if they believed they would see the glory of God.

There have been many people who have experienced something of the glory of God, where they have caught a glimpse of His majesty and awesomeness.

Moses stood before the burning bush and witnessed the glory of God in a fire that didn’t consume the bush.

Isaiah described what He saw of the glory of God: I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of His robe filled the Temple – Isaiah 6.1(NLT).

Ezekiel had similar experiences: [26] Above the surface over their heads was what looked like a throne made of blue sapphire. And high above this throne was a figure whose appearance was like that of a man. [27] From His waist up, He looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. And from His waist down, He looked like a burning flame, shining with splendour. [28] All around Him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining through the clouds. This was the way the glory of the LORD appeared to me. When I saw it, I fell face down in the dust, and I heard someone’s voice speaking to me.

John also saw the glory of God and he recorded this in Revelation: 2 And, look, a throne was set in Heaven, and someone was sitting on the throne, 3 And the One sitting on the throne appeared like a stone of jasper and carnelian, and a rainbow circled around the throne, appearing like emerald – Revelation 4.2-3.

There are other instances to be found in the Scriptures.

Mary & Martha did not know how the glory of God was going to be revealed to them, and we will find ourselves also not knowing how we will see the glory of God in our life. However, the fact remains that all who receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour experience the glory of God. It is in Jesus that God’s glory comes to us. We are all sinners worthy of judgement and hell. The glory of God is revealed to us in the fact that Jesus is our Saviour, in that He died to pay the price of our sin, He died to set us free from a life dominated by sin, delivering us into a life controlled by the Holy Spirit.

John said in chapter one verse 14:  And the word became flesh, and lived amongst us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The glory of God is Christ in us the hope of glory (Colossians 1.27).

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