The Greater Glory
2 Cor. 3:9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, much more does the ministry of justification abound in glory! 10 Indeed, what once had glory has lost its glory because of the greater glory; 11 for if what was set aside came through glory, much more has the permanent come in glory!
When Christ died on the cross a new era was ushered in for all of humanity. The old glory gave way to the greater glory; the Law would give way to the Spirit.
Ambrosiaster explains, “The difference between the face of Moses and the glory of Christ is the difference between the picture and the person it portrays.” (Commentary on Paul’s Epistles) The old glory was seen reflected in the face of Moses, but that, with time, faded. The greater glory now pointed directly toward Christ. He is, indeed, the greater glory.
On this Good Friday we remember what Christ did for us on the cross. It was through his sacrifice that the ministry of condemnation was replaced with the ministry of justification. The focus on the negative was turned to the positive. The glory of the temporal became the eternal.
Thanks be to God!
Lord, we thank you for your suffering and death. Amen.