LORD¶S GLORY WILL BE REVEALED

(Compiled from the message given on 1.1.98 by Pastor Ilango Antonyraj at Christ Bible Church.) ³The Glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken´ (Isaiah 40:5) The word glory has many meanings like honor, praise, majesty and power. Also it means great light or radiance which can be seen. The glory of the Lord filled Moses¶s tabernacle (Exo. 40:34); the house of the Lord was filled with the glory of the Lord (11 chron. 5:14). These verses from the Old Testament prove the revelation of His Glory. God¶s nature of justness was also revealed. When ever High glory revealed. (Nu. 16:19, 42). And in the New Testament we see His glory being revealed when Jesus changed water into wine and also when He brought back to life the dead Lazarus. (John 2:11; 11:40) This year the promise of ³His Glory shall be revealed´ will lead you to see His presence, His judgments and His miracles. The phrase ³The mouth of the Lord has spoken´ gives this promise a certainty. Yes. ³God is not a man that He should lie. Nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do? Or has He spoken and will He not make good? (Num. 23:19). This verse compares and differentiates man and God. Man will always change his words according to circumstances. Also man is not always capable to do what he says. Most of the times, man is unable to complete what he has started. But God¶s promises are firm and true that they will complete the task they are sent for. So, certainly this promise of ³His glory shall be revealed´ will be fulfilled in your personal life, family and Church. What we have to do for this promise is to be fulfilled? We have to follow three steps.

1. Repentance and reconciliation
³Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.´ Lord¶s voice cried so. (Isaiah 40:3) John the Baptist who was sent to prepare the way proclaimed, ³Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand´ (Mt 3:1-3). ³Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low. The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth´ (Isaiah 40:3). Our hearts (ways) should be mended and made straight. Two things generally spring from a heart. 1. ³Out of a heart springs the issues of life´ (Pro. 4:23) 2. ³Out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, pride, foolishness´ (Mark 7:21). Issues of

life and evil things, both contrary spring out of the same heart. That is why Jeremiah 17:9 says, ³The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it?´ That is why we read in David¶s prayer in Psalm 139:23 as ³Search me O¶ God and know my heart. Try me and know my anxieties. ³God alone can understand our heart. So we need to repent and turn towards God. Jesus said, ³Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand´ ³Remember therefore from where you have fallen. Repent and do the first works.´ So says the Lord to the church at Ephesus in Rev 2:5. So let us decide to deviate from the crooked path which we have chosen by our selfish inner designs and turn to the path of our Lord. Then His Glory shall be revealed. Now, once we have made things right with the Lord, through our repentance, we also must reconcile with His people. Let us listen to our Lord Jesus Christ, ³Whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother µRace¶ (Empty head) shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says ³you fool´ shall be in danger of hell-fire. Therefore, if you bring gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go your way-first be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift´ (Mt. 5:22, 23, 24). Angry, unjustified words like ³Raca´ or ³Fool´, which come out of our mouth, will reveal that we have something against our brother. First let us be reconciling, His Glory shall be revealed.

2. Believe and you would see His glory
Lazarus was one of the friends of Jesus. That Lazarus was dead. His body was wrapped with a cloth and was buried in the sepulcher. Four days passed. That means it was four days since the worms started eating the dead body. It will be started decaying; no hope for normal mind to accept that Lazarus would come to life again. But Jesus appeared on the screen. He told to take away the stone. But Martha (The beloved sister of Lazarus) said to Him, ³Lord by this time there is a stench; for he has been dead four days. Jesus said to her, ³Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God´? (Jn. 11:39, 40) To believe means by passing the natural reasoning¶s. God the creator of the reasoning¶s can do more that what our brain can think or imagine. With men it is impossible, but not wit God; for with God all things are possible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible!! (Mk. 10:27) µContrary to hope, in hope let us believe Him.¶ We shall see the Glory of God. Then the stone was removed. Jesus praised God the Father and commanded, Lazarus to come out of the cave. Yes, Lazarus came out of the cave alive. Yes the Glory of the Lord had revealed. Let us believe our Lord God who is the life and the resurrection instead of relying on our own experiences, and knowledge, let us trust on Him and His word alone. If you believe you shall see the Glory of God.

3. Do what He says!
Moses thought he was somebody in his first forty years; in the next forty years he thought he was nobody. But in His remaining forty years he learnt what God can do through that nobody. Therefore instead of relying on his own strength or weaknesses he started doing

what He commanded. In the last two chapters and Exodus alone the term, µas the Lord had commanded Moses¶ appears eighteen times. So Moses finished the work as the Lord commanded him. ³Then the cloud covered the tabernacle. A meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.´ (Ex. 40:33, 34, 35) What is the achievement we must perform in our life? Do you know? That is simply doing what He commanded us to do. This should be our goal and aim. If at all if you ask Moses concerning His achievements, he would simply said, ³I did what He commanded me to do. That¶s all. Nothing more nothing less. This is my achievement´. Here is a warning! We should never attempt to say that the Glory of the Lord has revealed because of my obedience. No, never. The stone had to be removed by the command of Jesus. Only then Lazarus was commanded by Jesus to come out alive. But can any one boast that the Lazarus came to life again, because the stone was removed. No, not at all. If any one attempts to remove the stone without command of God, that is not the deed of faith, but it would be illegal-anti social action. Let us heed His voice carefully and do it. Only then we shall see the Glory of God! Yes the Glory of the Lord shall be revealed in your life, family and ministry. ³THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHALL BE REVEALED THE MOUTH OF THE LORD SAID IT, ALL THESE SHALL SEE IT TOGETHER THE WORD OF THE LORD NEVER CHANGES´ Amen!

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