The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44)
15On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 18The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. (Mark 11:15-18)
For our 40-Day journey this year, we considered the Spiritual Disciplines through the lens of our theme: God’s Glory. During our group Bible study we discussed three very important things about God’s glory: 1) Moses had a desire to see God’s glory; 2) God decided to show Moses His glory but with certain conditions (remember the cleft in the rock); and 3) Jesus reveals God’s glory to us and meets all the necessary conditions. Like the early disciples, we can also see God’s glory by examining Jesus. What a privilege! The Spiritual Disciplines therefore, help us to experience God’s glory inasmuch as they help us to experience Jesus more deeply.
Over the next six days we will spend our time focusing on Jesus and beholding His glory. John 1:14 will be reposted each day as a reminder. In addition, we will discuss passages of scripture from the week leading up to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
Today we examine two stories about Jesus where He exhibits contrasting emotions, but in both of these stories God’s glory is revealed. Please prayerfully read the passages and answer the question below.
In the passages above, what aspects of God’s glory does Jesus reveal that really strikes a chord with you?