What is “Glory”? “Glory” in some ways defies definition.
It reminds me of trying to repackage something back into its original box or wrapping a very large gift; just when you think you've got it all covered, you find another part.
By definition, this unwieldy word means profound honor, profound value, intense brilliance.
Glory is the “Big Reveal” of God’s magnificence. The “Ah-hah” moment of what is true about Him…
Physical manifestations of an unseen reality.
It is a noun... unparalleled beauty and power that belong to God alone.
It is also a verb meaning “to take great pleasure in, to revel”
“Glory” is God, cracking the clouds of our reality and inviting us into His.
Glory has to do with those inexplicable moments that seize our hearts and draw us into worship.
Luke 2:14 is one of those moments :
“Glory to God in the highest…”
The Angels called out to the shepherds. Verse 13 describes these angels as “Heavenly Hosts”.
What does a good host do?
A good host says: “Welcome to my home! Come in, share this with me...let’s enjoy it together.”
This call of the Angels to glory was an invitation for these unlikely guests to taste the deeper, truer, richer reality of their existence.
The call to Glory is an invitation to come and revel in the deeper, truer reality of all that belongs to God and because of Jesus, all that belongs to us.
Heavenly reality seems to lie always on the outskirts of our reality. It appeared to be outside the shepherds’ reality and outside of Mary and Joseph’s as well...until the Heavenly Hosts burst through the heavens.
God’s beauty and power are so great we literally can’t handle Him, in our present condition! We must slowly be changed into people that can handle our true “home”, our real-er reality. In the meantime, He’s given us invitations to visit with Him.
Our days are dark but there are moments when God provides sneak peeks of what is and what is to come.
Christmas is time when we are more surrounded by extra displays of beauty, peace, and love,
or a more profound awareness of the lack of it in the here and now.
It comes and goes and with it so do our moments of happy anticipation and great disappointment.
We all often crawl into January with a “not quite” residue in our souls.
But Christmas is an invitation for us to visit with God, to come at the angels call and revel in His reality a little more,
a little longer.
Jesus came, some despised Him.
Some competed with Him for His Glory.
And some saw it and were welcomed in like the shepherds.
Let us not despise this opportunity in cynicism and anticipated disappointment. But instead take time to really look for Him everywhere, in everything. Remember that Jesus Himself brought glory to God in the moment of His greatest pain.
And let us not idolize this opportunity, by staring at beautiful things and clinging to powerful moments for so long that our eyes never drift up to the actual source of the beauty and power. Only the source Himself lasts...all the rest,
all of those “sneak peaks” cannot last, they cannot satisfy because they are only meant to lead us TO Him.
“Glory To God In The Highest…”