Glory defined

Posted: October 6, 2015 in TLCC
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glory defined

Ever watched a replay? Something that you know the end already but you watch it anyway. It may be a basketball game, a boxing match, or whatever sport it is.

Or you may have watched a movie but you already know the ending. You see the protagonist being beaten up, and in Filipino movies, the police arrive at the scene at the end.

We know that our story on earth has already an ending in eternity. We, as Christians, know that we have eternal life. But how sure are we that eternal life exist? How do we know we will have glorified bodies?

The answer is found in Luke 9:28 – 36. Read on as this blog as we study what we have in eternity. This is what we ought to think of…eternity. We should be excited about it.

28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.

29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.

After talking about following Him completely, after talking about Lordship, about surrender, about putting God as the only priority in life, Jesus withdrew on the mountains to pray. Tired from preaching, exhausted from healing and casting out demons, at a certain point, he grows weary. Instead of looking for a vacation, he goes to pray. That’s something we can learn from. Learn how to pause. Learn how to seek God in our vulnerable moments.

Then, while praying, we get a glimpse of glory. The face of Jesus was altered. His clothing became dazzling white. That would be a sight to behold! Holiness is seen even in clothing! I would wish to have a video camera ready!

This is a glimpse of a glorified body. This is what awaits us.

30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah…

Then, two important men appeared. Moses, who represents the Law, and Elijah, who represents the prophets. Two important figures in Jewish history. One thing we can consider though. These men are no longer walking on earth. Moses was gone for about 1500 years and Elijah, about 900 years. Yet the disciples recognized them.

31 who appeared in glory…

both Moses and Elijah appeared in a glorified state. Not a mortal body.

31…and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

They talked about the incoming death of Jesus. They were talking about the suffering he would go through. They were comforting him. It is interesting to note that the cross was something planned. God was in control. Jesus was following God’s plan. He was obedient unto death. Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus shows us that God’s plan was seen even in the Old Testament. It’s all there. We need to read it again.

We need to come to a point that if we are undergoing something in life, we can trust God’s word to guide us through the roughest storms. We can take comfort that Jesus communicated with the Law and the Prophets, and we can too. We can go back to His book.

32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.

33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.

Now Peter was fully awake, he blurted out about something he didn’t understand. In view of God’s glory, He was uttering things he didn’t really mean.

We too would be having an incredible sight one day. We would be either be saying a lot of things, or be at lost for words. God’s glory is really gonna leave us stunned.

34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”

Three times in Scriptures that God spoke audibly. At the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22), at the transfiguration (Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:7, Luke 9:35, 2 Peter 1:17), and at the final hours (John 12:28). When God speaks (specially in a loud and audible voice), we listen. Right now, God speaks to us through His word, and we are to listen.

36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

They kept silent because Jesus was going to fulfill God’s plan by dying on the cross. If Jesus showed us a glimpse of glory, this is good news for us. We would become like Him in eternity. If Jesus resurrected from the dead, we know we will be resurrected too. This is truth we can hold on to.

This is something worth being excited about. I look forward to the day that this body is exchanged for a glorified one. No more pain. No more sickness. No more death.

And then we ask, what are we going to do in eternity? Here are a few things we will be doing…

#1 Dine with Jesus (Luke 12:37)
Imagine a buffet. International buffet, eat all you can, drink all you can, and imagine feasting like there is no tomorrow. Read the verse, look at who will serve. It is going to be Jesus! Can you imagine if the president of the Philippines goes to your table and asks you what you want to eat? I don’t think I have the audacity to order him around. In eternity, Jesus, the host, serves us.

#2 Judge Angels (1 Cor. 6:3)
We aren’t going to be sitting in clouds with a harp in our hands. We will be proactive in eternity. We will be judging angels, conversing with them about grace, about the redemptive plan of God!

#3 Shine like the sun (Matt. 13:43)
We will be like Him (1 John 3:2)! Just as He showed the glimpse of His glorified body to his disciples, one day we will be like Him! What a day that would be!

#4 Share His throne. (Rev. 3:21)
Not that we would be gods. It’s more like the groom sharing his throne with the bride. Christ is the groom, the church (or we) are the bride.

Eternity however, awaits all of us. The glimpse of glory you just have read belongs to those who are in christ. The other side of eternity is also open to those who reject God, but they would be in a place where God’s wrath is felt.

So where would you like to spend your eternity?

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