Saturday, November 24, 2012

Glory in the Bloody Display

So where is God’s glory most manifested?
In God’s goodness -
when Jesus is ‘glorified,’
lifted up and hung on a cross,
displaying God’s glory
in the shame, degradation, brutality,
and sacrifice of His crucifixion,
and by this means returning to the glory
He shared with the Father
before the world began.

The most spectacular display of God’s glory
is in a bloody instrument of torture
because that is where God’s goodness was most displayed.

It is good to sing the ‘Hallelujah Chorus,’
but we must also sing, ‘On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame’ -
because there God displayed His glory in Christ Jesus,
who thus became our tabernacle, our temple,
the meeting place between God and human beings.”

- D.A. Carson, The God Who Is There, 115-116

Hat Tip: Trevin Wax