12/6/18 “The Glory of God at Christmas”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from John 12:27-36.

Highlighted Verse:

“Father, glorify your name.”  Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” John 12:28, ESV

Explanation:

When the angels appeared to the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth they proclaimed glory to God and peace to man (Luke 2:11-14).  Their proclamation was one of high honor  for God.  They magnified the Lord most High.  They glorified God, elevating Him in worship.  Jesus did the same thing while on earth.  In fact the prayer in John 12:28 is a request for God to glorify Himself in the death and resurrection of Jesus (John 12:27-30).  God answers Jesus request by saying that He has already glorified His name (through the resurrection of Lazarus) and that He will glorify His name again (through the death and resurrection of Jesus).

God’s emphasis on His glory is good news for us because it is full of grace and truth for us (John 1:14).  

Christmas bring an emphasis on the glory of God.  Think about it.  God sent a multitude of angels to proclaim His glory at the birth of Jesus.  Jesus prays for God to be glorified.  God says that His name has been glorified and promises that it will be glorified again.  The glory of God is most clearly seen in the person and work of Jesus Christ (John 1:14).

God’s emphasis on His glory is good news for us because it is full of grace and truth for us (John 1:14).  His glory overflowed in grace and truth to us at Christmas in the birth of Jesus.  His glory overflowed in grace and truth for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  His glory overflows in grace and truth for us today through His Word.  Experiencing the glory of God through His grace and truth will lead us to glorify His name.  To lift His name higher than any other name –  higher than your parents names, your children’s names, the name of your spouse, or of any role model in your life.  The grace and truth of God will also lead you to lift His name higher than any other thing of this earth.    We cannot make God’s glory any more magnificent or beautiful than it already is, but we can highlight it and point people to it with our life.

Application:

  1. Praise the Lord for revealing His glory to you through Jesus and His Word.  Praise the Lord for your salvation.
  2. Examine your life and ask the Spirit to reveal areas of your life that do not glorify God.  Seek help from the Spirit to overcome these sins or unhealthy attitudes.
  3. Help from the Spirit may come in the form of accountability from another Christian or a small group of believers to meet with.  Seek out these opportunities through your local church.

Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion will be from Acts 3:22-26.

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