“This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”
I want to dwell this morning on the glory of Christ. When He was on earth, Jesus manifested His glory. Because He is infinitely glorious, beyond description in splendor, and He came to dwell among us.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth…No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known” (John 1:14, 18). The Word, Who has existed from the beginning, Who was and is God, through Whom all things were made, became flesh and dwelt among us. In the dirt. In our sickness and pain and sin. Our righteous Lord came to walk with and call the unrighteous. To manifest His glory before their eyes, that they might believe in Him and be transformed through His Spirit, filling their lives with purpose, hope, and truth.
He has made the Everlasting, Almighty God known to us. “The image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). We look to Jesus and see the heart of the Father.
But we are unable to see it on our own. Our hearts are too dark, too veiled, to recognize His glory. Only the Spirit of God Himself can unveil our hearts and open our eyes to His wondrous reality. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6). “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
When the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ breaks into our hearts, as we behold His brilliant glory with unveiled faces, we are transformed into the same image. The Spirit begins that amazing work of transforming us—transforming you and transforming me—into the glory of Christ. We are changed to reflect the glory of our Lord, renewed more each day and brought from one degree of glory to another.
Because the glory of Jesus Christ—the glory of God our Savior—changes everything. The Spirit opens our eyes to see it, we choose to believe in Him, and as He fills our hearts with His glory we are changed to our very core. And we live each day to the praise of His glorious grace.