To come face to face with the unadulterated glory of God is a frightening thing.
When the prophets of old caught a mere glimpse of the Creator’s resplendent majesty, they crumpled to the ground (Revelation 1:17). They were left speechless (Daniel 10:15). One even called down curses on himself (Isaiah 6:5).
Yet none of them saw what we have seen. None of them witnessed what we have beheld. None of them saw Christ crucified.
For the very apex of God’s self-disclosure, the supreme manifestation of his glory, isn’t found in a nighttime vision. It isn’t encountered in a mountaintop revelation. It comes to us in the form of a dying Savior. Listen to what Paul told the church in Corinth.
“For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:22-24).
Do you want to see the glory of God’s power? Do you want to see the glory of God’s wisdom? Then see Jesus – beaten, marred, bloodied, and dying for the sin of the world. As the Apostle Paul went on to say in another letter to the same church – “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Good Friday is not a mere set up for Easter Sunday. It’s not the bad news that makes the resurrection good news. The death of Christ is where we must look if we are to be captivated by the glory of God.
To that end, I invite you to join us this Friday, April 19th, from 7-8pm at KingsWay. Come behold the glory of Christ crucified through scripture readings, songs, prayers, preaching, and the Lord’s Supper.