Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Glory to God - Part 4 - Resurrection Glory

Michael continues that God has a different standard than we do. The good is the enemy of the best. The best is that we turn to God for deliverance. The best thing is that His people have such a longing for heaven that whether they live or die doesn't matter, but rather that the Glory of God be done. This is the prayer of the Apostle Paul who said that whether by death or by life, that God may be glorified.  “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's." Nothing in this life can be compared with the glory that shall follow with the Lord. When that which is perfect is come, then we shall know even as also as we are knownFor we know that when He shall appear we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is.

Each year around Easter, the culture presents stories about the "passion of the Christ"; about the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some people are moved to tears but others are not. His death and resurrection was not about our glory, but rather about the glory of God our Father. The significance of the suffering and death of our Lord is not the glory of God. Many unbelievers have suffered and died for their convictions. Even the terrorists who crashed the planes into the Twin Towers in New York City on 9/11 died deliberately for their convictions. Jesus was not your ordinary "martyr." What's the difference about Jesus' death upon the cross? The "cup" that Jesus asked God to take from Him in the Garden of Gethsemane was not the cup of pain and suffering and death. The "cup" rather, was the weight of the sin of the world that we inherited from Adam and every sin committed after. The significance of His death was separation from His Heavenly Father. Surely He hath borne our griefs, upon him was laid upon him the iniquity of us all.  He who was without sin became the perfect sin sacrifice on our behalf that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him. The significance of Jesus' death is that He shed "innocent" blood.  Jesus is the only One who lived a sinless life. The wages of sin is deathAll we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way ... but upon him He hath laid the iniquity of us all.

They did not and could not kill Jesus Christ. He willingly laid down His life for the joy that was set before Him. The strength of the gospel is that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life. The death of Jesus Christ was the propitiation, the full and acceptable payment, and the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  When God raised Him from the dead, the resurrection was to the glory of God the father.

Paul said, "I bear on my body the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ." He also said, "thy strength is made perfect in my weakness....thy grace is sufficient for me." The Apostle Peter said, "I count it joy that I can suffer for my Lord." In our lives filled with pain, pressure, and tribulation, our prayer should not be "Lord deliver me from the storm."  Rather, our prayer should be, "Lord deliver me through the storm." 

We cannot do anything to give God more glory. All we can do is reflect the glory of God.  He is the source of all glory. For we all with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord are changed from the glory of the flesh to the glory of God even by the spirit of the Lord.

Philippians 2:14-16 “ Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”

Our goal is not to be "culturally relevant" but rather to be "heavenly relevant." It's not about the glory of deliverance.  Instead it's about His glory. It's not about who we are, rather, It's about Whose we are.

May God richly bless you!

Your brother in Christ, Michael

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