My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, December 23, 2011
Glory to God in the Highest
“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.
(John 17:4 NASB)
“Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
(John 17:5 NASB)
The two-part phrase of the heavenly host was "Glory to God" and
"Peace on earth." The night that Jesus is going to be betrayed He is in
the garden praying. Here, near the very end of His time on earth again
we hear words spoken about the glory of God. Jesus' mission was to
bring glory to God and peace on earth. Jesus and His Father were having
a conversation and Jesus was thinking back and evaluating His mission.
Yes, He had glorified the Father because He had been obedient to the
tasks which His Father had sent Him to accomplish. God, the Father had
been glorified in Jesus' very life. But now Jesus, knowing that the end
was coming began to have this conversation about the intermingling of
the hearts of God the Father and His precious Son. Jesus had been
glorified as God before He came to the earth. He had given up the glory
of the Father to be on the mission -- to save humanity! The project
was almost completed and Jesus was again imagining what it would be like
to be united with the Father -- and the glory which would surround them
both. The glory -- the absolute binding presence of the Holy Spirit
that goes to the very depths of all.
It's that special time of the year -- it's Christmas! It's a time
when the heavenly host declared that there should be "Glory to God" in
the highest. Jesus, after His mission here on the earth, reunited with
the Father and the glory shone through Him. A number of months ago I
had the privilege of visiting with Dr. Dennis Kinlaw in his home in
Kentucky. A few of us had gathered to spend some time in study and
prayer with him. It was an amazing few hours as we sat around his
kitchen table, as he shared with us what God had been speaking to him.
He spoke of the mysteries of the holy Trinity. How the Father loves the
Son who loves the Holy Spirit and how they are bound up in one another.
In the conference room of their new building at the Francis Asbury
Society there is a beautiful table with three branches, depicting the
Holy Trinity. In the very center there is an unusually shaped piece
which represents the overlap of the three. Dr. Kinlaw said that's where
the humanity of Christ is located, in the very center of the holy
Trinity, always bowing down in worship to God. That little piece also
represents a very optimistic future for all of us, for this is where we
are invited to participate in God. Jesus, He came and fulfilled His
mission and then He made a path for us to be able to be united with and
participate in God. Our place is to be with God, ever bowed down in
worship and praise of Him -- giving God the glory.
Glory to God in the highest! Yes, it was announced that night and
Jesus came to prepare the way. The message continues to this day as we
continue to be invited into the very heart of God and give Him glory.
That's the greatest Christmas gift ever!
Lord, thank You for the gift that just keeps on giving. May I live
in that very special sacred place -- in Your presence and ever bowed
down in worship and praise of You! Amen.