IT BEGAN WITH GLORY
All creation began with glory. The whole universe screamed the glory of God with its perfection and glory. All it took to bring everything into being was for God to speak. David said it accurately in Psalm 33; “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him! For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:8–9). That is God’s glory in creation – everything in perfect beauty and unison.
Then one angel, Satan, becomes jealous and wants to put a black mark on all God had done. This introduced pride, selfish disobedience – SIN! How is it that God can be so patient with mankind who gave in to such a hideous intrusion into a scene filled with glory? It would have been simple for God to wipe the creation clean and start over. But He didn’t. Why? He wanted us to see how His glory could be restored in fallen humanity through the gift of His perfect Son.
God wanted His creation to know His character. Specifically, that mankind who had been diseased by sin, would have their hearts “TURNED from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in” Jesus (Acts 26:18). How would He do this? Most of us know the answer; God has turned the hearts of men, women and children back to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.
But there was another critical element that had to be part of this turning. HIS GLORY! The beauty and attractiveness of God’s way had to be seen as glory. It was not just the birth of Jesus that was glorious, but His life, death, burial, resurrection and return to the Father. That is a continuous revelation of God’s glory to man from the very beginning. Have you seen His glory?
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