Tomorrow, we are resuming the studies in the Gospel of John we started last Fall.
We are finishing the prologue – John 1:1-18 by spending next three weeks of January.
“Find Your Glory” is the sermon title. We will explore the theme of glory from the last five verses of the prologue.
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. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:14-18 ESV)
We are glory seekers. We find glory in almost anything and everything. This blogger used the “f” word 127 times in his article basically describing the symptom of people deprived of glory and miserably resorting to the “f” word to express the deep seated desire every human being has – find glory. People have been given glory both inside and out. Bad news is that this glory given inside and outside are not grounded rightly. Do you see the glory given?
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John says that we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. Glory takes on flesh and dwells on earth. That’s the good news. The perfect image of the invisible God came to this world to show us what true glory looks like – turning the misery of fallen glory to the beauty of restored glory on the cross, in the empty tomb and in the hearts of people. Do you see the glory grounded?
Do you know what happened on the third day Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried? He rose again to give glory to his Father by perfecting the glory grounded and giving us the glory glorified – find your glory in Christ by repenting your attempts to find glory on your own or in and of yourselves, trusting the Holy Spirit to ground your glory in obedience to the Father, and following Jesus to receive the glory glorified in community and communion.
Join us to hear the full sermon tomorrow at 77 Post Irvine, CA 92618.
Worship service starts at 1 pm.