1 Peter 4:13– But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Throughout the ages of time there have been many ways that God has chosen to reveal his glory. The Old Testament reveals his glory primarily by his marvelous works and actions on the Earth. In the New Testament his glory is revealed in the manifestation of himself in The Lord Jesus Christ. We can see this glory in the life and works of Jesus, specifically in his ministry, his death, and his marvelous resurrection.
The earthly ministry of Jesus was very short (only of few years) yet very effective. God’s was able to reveal his glory through the ministry of Jesus, because Jesus was the infallible living word that was made flesh and dwelt in the presence of humankind. He was The Truth in a world of wickedness and deceit. When Jesus spoke, you could mark it down as reliable because never did a lie fall from his lips. Jesus realized that our spiritual well being depended on his word being truth, and without that truth we cannot properly function spiritually. He was the true word and they beheld his glory, as the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace of truth.
God was able to reveal his glory in the death of Jesus Christ because his death was to be the atonement for the sins of the whole world. The sacrificial death of Jesus paid the price for the redemption of lost humanity. The Bible says in Hebrews 2:9, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” God loved us so much that he spared not his only begotten son that we might have everlasting life. That is true love!
God’s glory was also revealed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. After his death on the cross, Jesus arose on the third and appointed day just as he had promised. This tremendous power is available to all that have a firm connection with God and trust in Jesus Christ. The life and the power of God now flow through his people. Romans 6:4 says, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” It is because of Jesus’ resurrection that we can now be justified in the eyes of God.
We are very blessed that God has chosen to reveal his glory to us through the person of The Lord Jesus Christ. Our response to these grand revelations should always be worship and adoration. Let us all worship him in his holiness and splendor. Let us forever praise his matchless name for being our God and our Saviour.