Glory Sermon Illustrations

Glory Sermon Illustrations

Glory of God

When man at first was made by God in glory, glory, glory,

No sin nor sorrow found abode in glory, glory, glory,

But soon, alas! our father fell from glory, glory, glory,

And rather chose the ways of hell than glory, glory, glory.

But God beheld our ruined race from glory, glory, glory,

And Jesus left His highest place in glory, glory, glory.

The wondering angels never saw such glory, glory, glory,
When mercy healed the broken law and gave it back its glory.

(2 Cor. 4. 6; 2 Thess. 2. 14)

Glory of Christ

Truly God and truly Man, the Lord Jesus Christ was visible, audible and tangible (1 John 1. 1, 2). The Greek words used of our Lord's form as Man are:

  1. Character—Heb. 1. 1, 2. Of this Alexander Clark says, 'Our word "character" is a direct transcription from the Greek, where it meant originally the sculptor's chisel, then the image chiseled out of marble or brass-the finished figure.' In Heb. 1. 1, 2, it means `the reality of the Father's invisible glory that stamps itself visibly on the Son'. 'On the plastic flesh of a human life Jesus of Nazareth chiseled out for all to see and adore the character of His Father.'

  2. Eikon—2 Cor. 4. 4; Col. 1. 15—meaning an image. Our Lord Jesus is the image of the invisible God.

  3. Morphe—Phil. 2. 6, 7—meaning 'form'.
    `Though in the very form of God with heavenly glory crowned,
    Thou didst a servant's form assume, beset with sorrow round.'

  4. Homoioma—Phil. 2. 7—meaning 'likeness' indicates the outward likeness our Lord assumed in perfect Manhood.

  5. Schema—Phil. 2. 7—fashion: 'being found in fashion as a man'.

  6. Eidos—Luke 9. 29—from which is derived the word 'idol'

This is the word used at His transfiguration when 'they saw His glory' and 'were eye­witnesses of His majesty.'

(2 Pet. 1. 16-18)

He Who wept above the grave,
He Who stilled the raging wave,
Meek to suffer, strong to save,
He shall bear the glory.

He Who sorrow's pathway trod,
He that every good bestowed—
Son of Man and Son of God—
He shall bear the glory.

He Who bled with scourging sore,
Thorns and scarlet meekly wore,
He Who every sorrow bore—
He shall bear the glory.

Monarch of the smitten cheek,
Scorn of Jew and scorn of Greek,
Priest and King, Divinely meek—
He shall bear the glory.

On the rainbow-circled throne
Mid the myriads of His own,
Nevermore to weep alone—
He shall bear the glory.

Man of slighted Nazareth,
King Who wore the thorny wreath,
Son obedient unto death—
He shall bear the glory.

His the grand eternal weight,
His the priestly-regal state;
Him the Father maketh great—
He shall bear the glory.

He Who died to set us free,
He Who lives and loves e'en me,
He Who comes, Whom I shall see,
Jesus only—only He—
He shall bear the glory.—William Blane

(Zech. 6. 13; Heb. 2. 9).

Ere seraphim had winged a flight,
Where brightness knew no shades of night,
Amid the grand immortal light—
He was there.

Where dwelt the Godhead three in One,
Whose glories paled the brightest sun,
Ere mortal time had yet begun—
He was there.

Majestic sweep! Lo, now I see
The Christ upon a mother's knee
Upheld in feeble infancy—
He was there.

And then in dark Gethsemane
Beneath the shady olive tree,
Prostrated in soul agony—
He was there.

And oh, my soul! I see Him now
A crown of thorns upon His brow;
Creation groans and wonders how
He was there.

'Mid rending rocks I hear Him cry—
`Eli, lama sabacthani':
The ransomed host can answer why
He was there.

The scene is changed: behold the sight!
Clothed in all majesty and might,
The centre of all Heaven's delight—
He is there.—Mrs. McKendrick

(John 1. 1-4; 17. 4, 5; Heb. 1. 3; 2. 9)

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