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Our message theme through to Christmas is “The Great Words of Christ.”

This is a series that will help everyone relate to Christ during this holiday time.

Today we are talking about Glory to God in the Highest.

Text

Luke 2:9 (AMP)

9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened.

Luke 2:13-14 (AMP)

13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest [heaven],

And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”

Scripture Reading

Luke 2:8-14 (AMP)

Prayer

God of grace and God of glory, thank you for revealing your love and compassion and power in the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for the new insights and assurances you give us in and through His life, teachings, death, victorious resurrection, and continuing presence with us.

Thank you for the deep inward disposition that You have given to us that causes us to hunger for You and that causes us to rejoice the privilege of worshipping You.

Today we bring our tithes and offerings to express our love for You and our desire that others come to know the joy of forgiveness and the joy of new life.

Bless these gifts to the advancement of Your kingdom, and help us to give ourselves in loving service day by day.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Introduction

As we approach the Christmas holidays this month, we will look at some of the great words associated with Christmas.

Today we look at the word “glory”

The scriptures declare that “Glory to God in the highest.”

John said, “We have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” in John 1:14 (AMP)

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception).

By His first miracle in Cana of Galilee, John records in John 2:11 (AMP)

11 This, the first of His signs (attesting miracles), Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed His glory [displaying His deity and His great power openly], and His disciples believed [confidently] in Him [as the Messiah—they adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Him].

It has been said that “Glory is one of the richest terms in the theological vocabulary of the Bible, referring primarily to the visible manifestations of God in power.

The life of Jesus was radiant with the focussed presence of divine majesty.

Throughout His earthly ministry, God made a weighty impact upon men which summoned them to a new awareness of His purpose and prestige.”

  1. The glory of God and human fear.

“They were filled with fear.”

  1. The glory of God was a visible manifestation of the invisible but powerful God.

The glory of God was revealed in the Old Testament days, indicating God’s presence, power, and authority.

B. In the exodus experience, the glory of the Lord appeared to the people n a cloud.

Exodus 13:21 (AMP)

21 The [presence of the] Lord was going before them by day in a pillar (column) of cloud to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, so that they could travel by day and by night.

By means of this brilliant and shining manifestation of His presence, God revealed Himself to Israel in both grace and judgement.

The glory of God in the form of a cloud and a pillar of fire also came in judgement on the Egyptians.

Exodus 14:24-25 (AMP)

24 So it happened at the early morning watch [before dawn], that the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and put them in a state of confusion. 

25 He made their chariot wheels hard to turn, and the chariots difficult to drive; so the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians.”

When God instructed Moses concerning the building of the tabernacle and the services that were to be conducted there, He declared in Exodus 29:43(AMP)

43 There I will meet with the Israelites, and the Tent of Meeting shall be sanctified by My glory [the Shekinah, God’s dwelling presence].

Isaiah was to experience an awareness of the universal glory of God in his call experience in Isaiah 6.

The glory of God was a visible manifestation of His burning presence in Old Testament days.

It created an attitude of dread and fear and anxiety in the hearts men and women because they felt unworthy to come into the presence of this Holy God.

2. Christ came to manifest the glory of God and to bring glory to God.

John said, John 1:14 (AMP)

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception).

Jesus, in His great high priestly prayer said to the Father in John 17:4-6 (AMP)

4 I have glorified You [down here] on the earth by [a]completing the work that You gave Me to do. 

5 Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory and majesty that I had with You before the world existed.

6 “I have manifested Your name [and revealed Your very self, Your real self] to the people whom You have given Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept and obeyed Your word.

A. Jesus revealed the grace and truth about God in what He said.

B. Jesus revealed the grace and truth about God in the works of mercy, kindness, and helpfulness that He did.

C. Jesus revealed the grace of God supremely in His sacrificial death on the cross.

Jesus went to the cross because of the command of the father and because He wanted to demonstrate to an unbelieving world the greatness of His love for the Father.

John 14:31 (AMP)

31 but so that the world may know [without any doubt] that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father has commanded Me [and act in full agreement with Him]. Get up, let us go from here.

Jesus went to the cross for the joy of the benefit that would accrue to people as a result of this new revelation of the glory of God.

Hebrews 12:2 (AMP)

2 [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

3. The followers of Christ are asked to glorify God.

The heavenly hosts praised God and sang, “Glory to God in the highest.”

If we would glorify God in the highest, we must also glorify God here in the present.

If we would glorify God, we must be visible manifestations of His presence in the world today.

We must let Him live within us in such a way that others can see His grace and goodness.

There are at least three different ways in which we can glorify God.

  1. We are to glorify God in our bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:20 (AMP)

20 You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.

It is possible for us to glorify God in our bodies because Jesus Christ has come to dwell within us through faith.

Ephesians 3:17 (AMP)

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love,

We have become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. 

We are not to use our bodies for immoral purposes, for they have been made for the Lord.

1 Corinthians 6:13-14 (AMP)

13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will do away with both of them. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again because of the sacrifice of the cross]. 

14 And God has not only raised the Lord [to life], but will also raise us up by His power.

B. We are to glorify God by bearing much fruit.

 John 15:8 (AMP)

8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.

There are at least two kinds of fruit that we can experience and by which we can glorify God.

  1. We can cultivate the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us in order that He might reproduce within us the character and nature of Jesus Christ.

As we let the Holy Spirit produce the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, we will become living exhibitions of what God can do when He is permitted to come and live in the hearts of human beings.

2. We can experience the fruit of the seed sower and, by so doing, bring glory to God (Matthew 13:1-9)

As we sow he seed of the Word of God in the hearts and lives of those around us, some will hear and respond.

Some will believe and be saved.

Some will reflect God’s grace and glory, and we will experience the joy of the harvester who comes with rejoicing, brining his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126:6 (AMP)

6 He who goes back and forth weeping, carrying his bag of seed [for planting],

Will indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

C. We are to glorify God by good works..

Matthew 5:16 (AMP)

16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Our Lord, in the Sermon on the Mount, said that we are to live as an example of what God can do in the hearts of those who obey Jesus Christ.

The believers in the Thessalonian church were glorifying God with their good works.

They demonstrated works of faith, labours of love, and great patience of hope.

By so working, they were glorifying God.

Conclusion.

Paul said in Colossians 1:27 (AMP)

27 God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory.

The indwelling Christ is the hope that God has for us to manifest His presence in the world.

The presence of Christ in each of us is the only hope that the world has today for beholding God’s glory and experiencing His loving presence.

The Christ that has been brought into Christmas came long ago, but He comes today to live in our hearts.

The indwelling Christ is God’s hope for revealing His presence through you.

Christ in you is the basis for your hope for a home in God’s final glory. 

Until next time

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