Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have hope. Lent it a time of reflection and I was thinking what life would be like if Jesus had not come. I would be dead in my sins without hope. I would face eternal punishment because there would be no way to approach holy God. Jesus’ death on the cross changed all that. Praise God! Thank you Jesus! Here are some verses to offer up in praise for the work of our Savior.
Psalm 62:5 “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”
Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
1 Peter 1:21 “who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
Because Jesus came, died and rose again, I can have hope for a life lived by faith today and a hope of future glory. That is a blessed hope! Thank you Jesus.
Suggestion: Today as you consider the hope you have in Jesus, express to someone something you are hopeful about and why. It could be as simple as “I hope you have a good day” to “I am hopeful because of Jesus.” Show someone you possess hope. If they ask you why you have hope then you can explain, as today you have the answer! Jesus.
Psalm 24:7-10 comes alive through the hands of Handel in the Messiah. As I read the words I can hear melody as he accentuates them. They are words that have been sung many times over the ages from David to today- if you have time, listen to Chris Tomlin’s version of these ancient words too. Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.
David first penned these words to celebrate the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. David realized the ark represented the dwelling place of God among them and wanted God to be in their midst. This song shows the emotional return of the Lord to Zion. It points to the Lord’s triumphant return. This occurred in David’s time with the return of the ark, in Jesus’ time with His arrival in Jerusalem on the back of a donkey and points to Jesus’ return at the end of time. Matthew 21:9 records the crowd’s praise as Jesus entered Jerusalem. “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” In John’s vision we see Christ returning to the city, Revelation 19:11-13 “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns.He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.”
The psalmist questions, Who is this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory. His conclusion points to the sovereignty, power, and magnificence of God. How would you answer this question? Is God your Lord Almighty? Do you see and recognize Him as the King of all heaven and earth and see a world filled with glory? The Glory of God is by definition the sum total of all God’s attributes. Throughout history God has revealed His power, mercy, grace, judgement, holiness, love, kindness and every other attribute. In the Old Testament God was symbolically present with the people in the glory cloud known as the Shekinah glory. God indwelt the tabernacle and later the temple. Today God dwells with us through His Holy Spirit that indwells every believer. The Lord Jesus Christ reveals God’s glory completely!
Ponder anew today the glory of God revealed in Jesus His Son. Celebrate His coming this Advent Season with joy and praises! The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory. Open the doors of your heart and let Him in for He is strong, mighty and filled with glory!
Here is another more modern rendition of the ancient words by Chris Tomlin- enjoy!
Luke 2:10-14 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men!” NKJV
This glorious portion of scripture is very poetic and eloquent in the New King James version. The angel proclaimed that good news for all mankind had come in the form of a babe sent from God. He would save us from our sins and it will mean good will towards all men. His coming would bring peace. Does Jesus bring those things to you today? Are you assured of His love and salvation? Remember Ephesians 1:13-14 “ In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” The Holy Spirit living inside us is the guarantee that we belong to Jesus. We are sealed eternally and are His. Be assured today of the hope that is within you and praise Him for coming to save us.
Listen to this glorious chorus and revel in the majesty of that night and the wonder of the shepherds.
On this first Sunday of Advent, our scripture is Isaiah 40:5.
“And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
What is the glory of the Lord? God’s glory is the sum total of His attributes. We see His glory displayed in the beauty of the earth and His creatures. We have seen God reveal His power , mercy, grace, judgment, holiness, love and every other attribute in the Bible. However, the complete revelation of God’s glory is in His Son Jesus Christ. When Jesus came to earth, He revealed God’s great glory for all of mankind to see, touch, reason with, and behold in the flesh. God’s plan of redemption for man was to show His glory to us in His Son Jesus. John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Hebrews 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Jesus, the complete revelation of God’s glory, came to redeem us.
Let us praise and thank God for His glorious plan that sent Jesus to redeem and save us.
Blessings as you worship Him today.