by Mark G. Holbrook

One of the most amazing things to me about being a follower of Christ is that we never stop learning about—and marveling at—the glory of God. Remember in 1 Samuel when the ark of the covenant disappeared and Scripture records that God’s glory departed from Israel? Then again in Ezekiel, chapters eight through ten, the story is told of the Shekinah glory of God departing from the temple. What a sad and dark time. For hundreds of years, the people lived without the glory, without the recognition of God’s holiness.

But God is as rich in mercy as He is in glory, and He did not leave His people forever. When Jesus was born, the glory of the Lord returned to earth! When we celebrate the birth of Christ, we are also celebrating the return of God’s glory.

Yet the birth of Christ was only the beginning of the restoration of God’s glory on earth. Jesus’ sinless life and sacrifice on the cross displayed God’s glory as no other event in history. And Christ’s ultimate return and heavenly kingdom will display the fullness of the glory of God.

Every time we enter the presence of God in our worship, we reflect His glory. It is only by receiving His glory that we may, in turn, bring Him all glory and honor and praise (2 Corinthians 3:18).

This Christmas season, may our hearts be filled with praise for the God who became flesh…for the glory of the Lord has returned!

“And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” (Revelation 5:13)

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