The Future Glory Of Christmas
Luke 2:9 reads, “And an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the lord shone around them and they were terribly frightened.” This is was the scene at the birth of Jesus back over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem. A lot has transpired since then. Glory is a word that is thrown around today alot but not often understood. What was it that ‘shone round about them’ that first night of Jesus’ Nativity? What am I referring to in taking about the future glory of Christmas?
In the New Testament the word that came to be translated as ‘glory’ was doxa. Doxa meant honour, praise, dignity, or worship. So what was shining that day? There were angels present announcing the birth or nativity of Jesus. They were announcing in effect the ‘Coming of The Lord” or the coming of the Messiah”. But what was shining? The angels? The angels are never the actual ‘glory of the Lord’. But rather represent it, as that is where they live or from where they come.
No on that night of Jesus’ Nativity the honor and majesty that was shining was none other than the same as the Old Testament ‘kabod’ or glory, also known as the weight and splendor and majesty. Number one God was now manifest in human form. Not only that He was to remain in that form and walk among men and teach them until as such time as He would suffer, die, be buried and rise again, and ultimately return to heaven to sit at the right side of the Father.
The Father came down in His splendor and thus the attendees were terrified with Godly fear. Further the angel told them not to ‘fear’ because Good News is Here in the form of Jesus the Messiah. So in essence they were announcing yes, you need a healthy fear of the Lord but there is Great News in that the one to bring justice and set all things right is here. We need to keep that perspective as we celebrate the nativity of Jesus Christ. We need to enjoy family, friends, and gatherings but we need to remember the ultimate purpose.
We need to see the ‘glory’ of that First Christmas put back into the Christmas celebration of 2018 and going forward. But. I also want us to remember that the one who came us a baby is also coming back, but as a King, and a Judge and a bridegroom. We need to have that same healthy fear of the Lord as the ones present at the Nativity, and walk in awe and Godly fear, but also long for the Redeemer of Lover of Our Souls to return. He is coming back. Revelation 19:11 ‘And I saw heaven opened; and behold a white horse, and He sat on it is called Faithful, and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.’
The rest of the chapter gives an awesome description of Jesus. Verse 12 says “and His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems, and He has a name written upon which no one knows except Himself. V.13 ‘and He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God.”
We have this description of Jesus given as He comes back to gather the saints and His bride as He prepares for The Marriage of the Lamb.He came and became one of us from infant to full grown man and ascended on high and sent the Holy Spirit to be our ‘Comforter’ and ‘teacher.’ There is a future day when the one who’s coming we celebrate will come in triumph and victory. WE need to look past the Nativity and Christmas Tree and all the trappings to see The ‘glory of the Lord’ will fill the earth and Jesus will return in all power and glory to establish His rule and power in all of the earth.
Let’s celebrate Christ’s birth and His glorious return!!!!!!!