walk in the word
11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14And 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. —John 1:11-14
Why did God create a universe anyway? So He could show Himself, so He could share Himself, so He could display Himself. God was not lonely. We don’t complete God. We’re not meeting any needs for Him. It wasn’t like the Trinity was kind of talking there in eternity past, before space or time, and they’re like, “You know, this is getting kind of old. Let’s make something.” It wasn’t like that! God created the universe because of desires within Himself, not to complete Himself, but because God is a God Who gives, a God Who shares, a God of grace and mercy. So God spoke this universe into existence so He could reveal Himself.
You’re like, “Okay, James, no offense to birds and oceans and outer space—the universe, but really? That’s it? That’s as clear as God can make it?” Actually, no.
God raised the revelation bar to its highest point in this: The glory of God is revealed in Jesus Christ. What creation is hinting at, Jesus Christ declares with power and certainty and clarity. The glory of God is revealed in Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s autograph of glory. This will leap out at you in places in Scripture like John 1:14, “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.” Jesus launched His ministry with a revelation of glory that caught people’s attention: “This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him” (John 2:11). You can travel through the Gospel of John and repeatedly come upon glimpses of glory in Jesus. He came, and we exist, to give glory to God!
Take some time to consider God’s glory in Jesus Christ today and your life will be qualitatively better, deeper, and richer. Ask God to open your eyes wide to His glory!
Father, I realize that if You open my eyes, I will see Your glory everywhere. I will be overwhelmed by it. Well, that’s what I desire, Lord. I want to lean into Your glory today. Tear away the blinders that limit my view of Jesus and let me walk with a renewed sense of His glory as I go about my life this day. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
brought to you by change partners