Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Today’s Topic: Glory to Jesus
Today’s Text: Isaiah 24:16a From the ends of the earth we hear singing: “Glory to the Righteous One.”
I’m back, and I’m richer. There is no wealth that can be compared to the treasure of a new baby. In case you missed it, last Thursday my 8th grandchild was born – another boy. That makes 6 boys and two girls. Our house is so much fun at holidays. I guess I’d better get serious about building that tree house. Anyone want to help?
As we sat around in the hospital room admiring little Crosby Jonathan, everyone had something to say. “Ooooh! He looks just like Caleb (his older brother).” “His hair is darker than the other kids’.” “His eyes are so blue already.” “His hands are so big!” And on and on it went. Everyone wants to share their thoughts on why the baby is so perfect and so unique.
Someday, maybe very soon, we will hear such talk from the ends of the earth as people unite to sing the praises of Jesus Christ when He comes to the earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
After all the prophecies of man’s judgment have been pronounced by Isaiah, the Lord announces one final victory against man’s pride and the political system he created to perpetuate it. In Isaiah 24 the Lord Jesus Christ destroys anything and everyone that stood opposed to Him and sets up His Kingdom on earth. (for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem. verse 23) As the people of the earth are brought to submission, suddenly a song breaks out from the ends of the earth. Jesus is being given honor and glory for His victory.
What a day that will be – the birth of the political Kingdom of God on earth in fulfillment of the spiritual kingdom that began when Jesus was on earth the first time. The glory of the True King will be seen in all the earth. Peace will arrive in the Prince of Peace. The Name of Jesus will be exalted throughout the earth. I can hear it now…
“He’s so powerful!” “He’s so righteous!” “He’s so just!” “He’s so faithful!”
But let’s hear it straight from God’s Word…
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments.”
“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
“To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”
“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
Let the singing begin!
Thanks, Pastor John. You wrote, “Let the singing begin!” The perennial challenge is balancing the “already” of God’s kingdom with the “not yet.” In a very real way, the celebration of the uniqueness of your grandchild is another way of recognizing God’s transforming power in the world today. That is, God is still making human beings in his image. One of our problems is that as we grow up we tend to lose our awareness of God’s creative fingerprints on our lives and on the world he made. Jesus is still Emmanuel, God with us.