In the gospel of Luke (13:17), we read these words concerning our Lord Jesus Christ: “And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed; and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.” Indeed, glorious things were done by the Lord Jesus during His earthly ministry, but we can say with utmost confidence this morning that the Lord still does glorious things, for the Lord Himself IS glorious.
Scripture declares, “Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11). The obvious answer is that nobody can compare with our God. Even the Name, “THE LORD THY GOD,” is fearful (or awesome) and glorious (Deuteronomy 28:58). Nehemiah proclaimed: “Blessed be Thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise!” (Nehemiah 9:5) The clear witness of Scripture is that our Lord is glorious in all that He is and in all that He does, for His work is honorable and glorious (Psalm 111:3). Once again we repeat with a shout of praise, “Thou art more glorious and ex- cellent than the mountains of prey.” (Psalm 76:4)
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a glorious gospel (1 Timothy 1:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4). The power that God gives unto His children is a glorious power (Colossians 1:11). The New Testament Spirit is glorious in comparison to the Old Testament Law (2 Corinthians 3:7-18). When Jesus returns, all of creation “will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (Romans 8:21) It is at that time that our vile (or lowly) body will be “fashioned like unto His glorious body” (Philippians 3:21).
What a glorious God we serve! Everything that He allows to take place in our lives is nothing short of glorious, which is why we are told to glory in tribulations also: “knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:3-5)
As we go through this day, may we adore our Glorious God, Who sits upon His throne, Who is working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).