Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
–Isaiah 60:1-2 NIV
The glory of God often is equated with the brilliantly shining sun… just too bright… too awesome… too much for you to absorb, which forces you to quickly turn away. But when Jesus took on human flesh, for an instant, the radiance of the Godhead was blocked just enough for you to see what the Almighty is really like… to stand in His presence… to behold your Creator and King.
But that brief moment of Christ’s veiled glory is gone. He’s no longer the baby in the manger, the gentle teacher on a hillside, or the suffering servant on the cross. He now holds the exalted position of King of kings!
While Christ’s offer still stands for the weary to come to Him, one day it will end, and those who rejected it will hear Him say “I never knew you; depart from Me” (Matt. 7:23 NKJV). While the offer is still open, come to Him in salvation, trusting that He will drive away sin and hopelessness, just as the sun drives away darkness. In their place, He illumines your heart so that you can, in turn, glorify God in Heaven (Matthew 5:16)
- Jesus, help me to see You as You really are and honor You as King of kings.
- God, if I have ignored your Son and turned my back on Your offer of salvation, forgive me now and make me Your child forever.