What things or people are important to you?
In the Old Testament, no one could ever see the glory of God. God’s glory is the bright lights that shine from him like lightning and rainbows. But God’s glory is so amazing that to see it would kill us. In fact, the Old Testament says that no one can see God and live. Once, when Moses asked to see God’s glory, God only let him see his back and not his face. He covered Moses’ face up so that he could survive seeing God.
But God’s glory is more than just bright lights, and lightning bolts, and fire that shoots out from God. His real glory is who he is. His character. God’s glory is his love, and his mercy, and his grace, and his kindness. These are the ultimate glory of God.
In John’s gospel the idea of God’s glory is a really big deal. And to John, God’s glory is not bright light that blinds us but instead God’s glory is Jesus.
Yes, Jesus. Listen to what John says in John 1:14:
John 1:14. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
We have seen his glory. Now remember in the Old Testament nobody ever really saw God’s full glory. But John is saying that when we look at Jesus we see God’s glory. Not as bright lights and fire. Not as rainbows and lightning. But as “grace and truth.”
In the Bible the word “glory” means “heavy,” or “important.” We all have things that are important to us don’t we? What did you say was important to you (Think Together)? What makes you important to others? These things are your “glory.”
But John says that Jesus is the most important person ever. He is the most glorious. Why? Because he is God and he shows us exactly who God is and what god is like. And when we trust in him he begins to make us more and more like God. The more we trust Jesus the more we love what God loves and we hate sin the way God hates sin. And that is what makes our life important – not what we do or accomplish, but when we learn to trust God.
Because of Jesus we can share in God’s glory.
With Jesus we can show the world God’s glory – his grace and love.
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Watch Cars together (or the trailer below). Talk about what made Lightning McQueen feel important (glory)? By the end of the movie what did he consider to be important (glorious)? How does Jesus change what we think is important too?
You are the ultimate glory of God. You are the most important. Help me to show your glory to others by being kind and telling them about you.
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