The GLORY of the Incarnation

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Luke 2.13 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

PLEASE NOTE: This will be our last installment until after the New Year – I am on vacation until the week of Jan. 8th.

Merry Christmas – and have a glorious New Year!

God desires to be glorified. Such a statement tends to make us a bit
uncomfortable, doesn’t it? I mean, what does it mean that He desires to be
glorified? Is God on some kind of sanctified ego trip? Is He insecure? Does He
need a bunch of adoring sycophants running around telling Him how good He is
and how great He is all the time? No. No, that’s not it at all. God desires to be
glorified in the final analysis for one high reason above all else. God isn’t lonely,
so He doesn’t want this attention to meet some aching need within. He is
absolutely humble in all things – His ego doesn’t factor into it; He doesn’t have
one in the sense we do. It isn’t even that it is just right – since He IS God.
Though truly it is. No, God desires to be glorified because He is love. Love. For
as love seeks the highest good of others, so God, Himself being the very highest
good that any and all can possibly obtain – seeks to be known, to be “glorified”.
For that dear friend is all it means to glorify God: To know Him. It never means
to build Him up, inflate His fame, somehow boost His reputation either by fanfare
or especially by exaggeration or the mere exercise of external expression.
Merely to see Him, to apprehend Him, to drink Him in as He is – this is the
greatest joy and good any creature can ever have. To have the favor, company
and love of the immortal, invisible, God only wise. The infinite, personal, holy,
just, true, fathomless, triune, merciful, gracious, loving Creator. To know Him, is
to love Him. To love love Him as He is, is to glorify Him. And in this chorus of
praise sung out by the angelic host on the night of Christ’s birth – we find out
what it is to know Him so that His glory is revealed in its highest possible way:
He is most glorified where He is most revealed, and He is most revealed in His
being merciful to the fallen sons of Adam’s race, and then extending saving
grace to them through the incarnation of His Son, that He might die for our sins.
Glory to God in the HIGHEST! It means Peace has arrived on earth. And that
God the Judge, extends good will to His enemies. Oh glory to God!


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