Monday, December 8, 2014

Advent / Glory and Honor

We all want glory and honor.

We all want to be loved, but not in spite of our shame and guilt but because of our glory and honor.

We have lately had so many people whom we kept on pedestals toppled off them--Bill Cosby.  Gian Gomeshi.  Pedophile priests.  Obama. Unfair officials.   Racist police officers...

I was driving along downtown Edmonton, past the main police station, the other day.  At an intersection an older looking policeman was waiting to cross on foot, while I had to wait in the car.  I looked him over.  He was well dressed with a black tie and seemed in good shape.  He looked the elder gentleman, who had served his time well.  He had garnered his share of glory and honor, no doubt.  But what would it take to embarrass him?  What could be brought to light?  Something?  Nothing?

Jesus was put to the cross, like a common criminal, dishonored, a prophet who had come to naught.  Reza Aslan lables him a Zealot, who died and that was it.  We are deemed fools because we believe in him and call him God.

The fact is that ALL  honor and glory are due him who has love the unpraiseworthy.  If we have done anything right, we are to call ourselves unworthy servants who have only done their duty.  It is really quite a relief to let the glory and praise thing go altogether.

In the end however, as we see in Revelation, all glory will finally come to Him, as is due him, and we, in the church, have already begun to praise him.  As the Lord said, He will not give His glory to another.  He Himself has done it all.

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”


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