The Glory of Christ

But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.—Luke 9:32 (NKJV) 

The glory of God brings to mind light and brilliance; majesty and honor; splendor and grace. God Himself refers to it as His “goodness” (Exodus 33:19). In that same chapter, we see His presence joined with His glory, much like a boat and the wake that follows. His glory is not withheld, but revealed in His creation (Psalm 19:1­–6). But then there is Jesus: the preeminence of His glory. Theologian John Owen writes of Jesus: “The revelation made of Christ in the blessed gospel is far more excellent, more glorious, and more filled with rays of divine wisdom and goodness than the whole creation.” The glory of Christ surpasses God’s creation, and those who follow Him need to understand it. The glory of Christ is manifested in a variety of ways: 1. The glory of Christ is found in Him becoming flesh and walking among us. In doing so, “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV). God’s grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ (John 1:14–17). This grace allows the debased sinner, separated by sin, to reunite with the Father through faith in Jesus. 2. The glory of Christ is portrait of God’s glory. Jesus is the best God has to offer, and the signs that Jesus did were to manifest His glory so that all may believe (John 2:11). At the right hand of Majesty, He is the radiance of the glory of God (Hebrews 1:3). 3. The glory of Christ is in glorifying the Father. Likewise, obedience to the Father glorified the Son. On the road to Gethsemane, Jesus lifted His head heavenward and declared, “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work You gave me to do” (John 17:4 NASB). 4. The glory of Christ is for us. Called by God, we are created for His glory (Isaiah 43:7), and in Christ, we are joined to the glory of God. We add splendor to His glory when we shine for Jesus; we honor His goodness by walking in the works prepared for us (Habakkuk 2:14 NIV). What does the glory of Christ mean to you? As you go about your day today, consider all the ways His glory is made clear to you and how you can express that glory to the people around you. Dig: Take a look around you to see how God’s glory is presented. Discover: In the contemplation of the glory of Christ, how do you find rest? Display: Pray and ask the Lord to show you how you can display the hope of glory within you.

About the Author

Lisa Supp

Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.