John 17:24 – “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”
It is good for our soul to sometimes feel small. This explains why people hike mountains, stare out at oceans, and look out the window on an airplane.
In the Bible, there is one word that captures this wondrous sense of awe when we are in the presence of something magnificent. Glory. It’s a big word reserved for a bride on her wedding day, an epic sunset, or teetering on the edge of the Grand Canyon.
When people think of Jesus, they tend to think of Him in humility. We know Him as a poor, homeless, virgin from a small town. But, that is not how Jesus was before His descent into the earth or how He is right now. Today, Jesus is in glory. Right now, Jesus is alive and seated upon a throne being worshipped by angels. This is how He appears in Isaiah 6:1-7:
“I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!’ And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.’”
Reflecting back on the curtain into glory being pulled back to reveal Jesus in the unseen realm, Jesus’ best friend said in John 12:41 “Isaiah…saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.” One day, either upon Jesus’ Second Coming or your death, you will see Jesus in all His glory and that day will be glorious.
Take a few moments to stop, pray, and use your imagination to ponder Jesus in glory right now!