The vehicle to glory

How does one glorify God? Like many words, the context makes the meaning possible.

If we mean worldly glory, then election to high office might define it. Or, if the subject is a rich person who has many possessions and friends that might help us understand the meaning of glory.

The Bible defines glory differently. In Matthew 5:16, Jesus said the light of our good works would shine to cause others to glorify God. Obedience, then, is the light of glory.

On the last night in an earthly body, Jesus taught his disciples what they needed to know about their work and what was to happen next. These lessons are in John, chapters 15, 16, and 17. The Lord would then pray to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. And afterward, events would unfold quickly.

Before entering the garden, Jesus prayed, saying the hour had come. It was time for his betrayal and his death. Jesus had done everything God wanted him to do. He had healed the sick and raised the dead. There was one thing remaining unfinished. He still must allow himself to suffer crucifixion.

That hated creation of man’s cruelty and heartlessness, a vertical beam and one horizontal, of probably the coarsest wood stood between him and God the Father. Jesus took that despised item and made a vehicle from it. The cross would allow Jesus to say, “It is finished” (John 19:30). The Lord has done all the Father commanded. The cross took Jesus to glory.

There is a cross for you and me, too, (Romans 12:1-2). It is the living sacrifice. Have you decided to make that sacrifice? If not, think seriously about giving your life to Jesus by obeying the gospel. If we obey God, glory waits. Do it soon.

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