God’s Glory, Our Triumph

It will end well.
You are never alone.

Concerning God’s Glory John writes:

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.” NRSV Rev 21:1-5

My wife and I recently returned from Cambodia.

We visited their King’s Palace. His Throne room displayed his understanding of glory. Peeking through doors and windows we saw lots of angels around the ceiling . Cambodian kings claimed to be God upon the earth.  Looking through the doors and windows we saw swords, shields and war elephants dressed for battle and stuff like that.  Oh, lest I forget, there is a solid gold buddha there, right next door in the “Silver Pagoda.” There is a life sized gold buddha dripping diamonds the largest of which is said to be around 25 carats.

Kings display their wealth and power.

Now, think of the the crown jewels in London or Versailles dedicated to “All that Is Glorious in France.” Tens of thousands of people visit Newport, Rhode Island every year. Though people may not like systems that allow a handful of people to gain such wealth, we are fascinated by displays of power and wealth. People are odd cridders.

God’s glory is different.

Because God is the Creator of all that is, God could put together a display of power and wealth what would make even the greatest human palace look like a sad Disney World want-a-be. Herod had built an amazing palace glorifying himself in Jerusalem, and rebuilt the Temple to become the largest worship center in the world in his day.

John’s mouth dropped open because he saw God leaving his throne and coming among the people.  The Creator and Sustainer of the Universe knelt down before us, like a father with a child. God is glorious because

God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Rev 21:3b,4a NRSV

And in amazement John head the heavenly host singing:

“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might
forever and ever!”

God glory comes from living with us.

God’s glory is found among people.

God’s glory is about the power to heal, to restore and to recreate our hearts and minds to become, more closely, what they were originally intended to be. Hundreds of million of people speak the same witness.  God’s presence restores us to the person we yearn to be. When we do for others what God has done for us we glorify God. And we build our own souls. We were created for this, wiping away tears and dancing in the sunshine with others in their joy.

Therefore, Gold and Diamonds are fascinating. More importantly,  the God who dwells with us brings healing and joy and triumph.  No matter what, you life will end well if you trust God.

 

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