The Brightness of Heaven – Day 5

The sunlight shines brightly upon the newly fallen snow.  The flakes shimmer as the rays bounce upon the cascading surface. Undisturbed by the outside world, the brightness so overwhelming you squint and seek to cover your eyes. Such brightness abounding on the pure white new snow is where my mind’s eye travels when considering the glory of God at Christmas time.

As we celebrate the fifth day of Advent, my heart is overwhelmed by the imagery of Isaiah 40:5. First, consider the glory of the Lord. It is the very manifestation of His presence; the brightness of His heavenly body described in scripture as blinding. I find myself daydreaming about the brightness of His glory. How magical, sparkling, bright and holy it must be. It is not a wonder that the song “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me says, “I can only imagine what my eyes will see when Your face is before me.” “Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?” I too can only imagine. Oh, the anticipating of that day often brings tears to my eyes. One day my Lord!

Think back to the day that God revealed Himself to the world through the arrival of His Son, Jesus Christ. That star that shone so brightly to guide the magi and the shepherds to worship our Savior; I can only imagine the brightness of that heavenly GPS. What must it have been like to know that God took on flesh and was willing to walk among us…in a sin-filled and fallen world. 

John Piper said, “The glory of God is the manifest beauty of His holiness. It is the going public of His holiness.” That bright, beautiful, holy glory was so generously poured out by our Father from heaven. It is that glory that provides the Light of the World. It is for that reason that our world went dark the day that our Savior died upon the cross. For a long three days, the world awaited the return of that Light. Praise the Lord, the stone was rolled away! The tomb is empty! And the Light of the World continues to rain the light of His glory upon this world. As His children, we will forever find our shadows cast by the Light of the World. Blinded by His great mercy, and continually unwrapping the joy He has so gracefully provided us. 

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