This Child Gives Us Glory

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

By outward appearances, glory may seem like the last thing one would associate with Jesus Christ. At his birth, except for the brief appearance of the angels to the shepherds, his circumstances seem anything but glorious.

It doesn’t get better as he gets older. He grew up to be a plain man, and a poor man. He was rejected by so many of the “right kind” of people. He was embraced mostly by “sinners,” the “wrong kind” of people.  He died passively, submissively, not like a glorious hero, but a common criminal. As Paul points out, many cannot see the “light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.”

But when Christ came, God was hiding himself in this human body. He did so that we might know him better. As we look at Jesus, God’s glory is shining on us, shining into our hearts. But we can see and know that glory only by faith.

 “The glory of God in the face of Christ” lights up our worship at his birth. It is the glory of a God who loves us so much he came here himself to save us from our sins. We believe this with all our hearts.

And one day we will not only see that glory fully with our eyes, we will live in it and share it in eternity. With Paul, this glory makes us servants to each other today as Christ’s glory shines in our hearts. With Paul, we will shine with Jesus in heaven’s light, for this Child gives us glory.

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