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Series: The Cross: What It Says About God
"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life" (John 3:14-15).
THE GLORY OF GOD
What is the glory of God? The glory of God has two meanings.
1. The glory of God can mean the manifestation of his PRESENCE.
2. The glory of God can mean the HONOR he deserves.
In Exodus 33, Moses asked to see God's glory: "Please show me your glory" (Ex. 33:18). On Mount Sinai, "The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, 'The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness'" (Ex. 34:5-6). On that same day, the word of God (the Ten Commandments) came down to Moses and was written on tablets of stone.
Centuries later, the Word (Jesus Christ) came down to man and appeared in human flesh, and through him God's glory was seen. "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). "Grace and truth" probably parallels "steadfast love and faithfulness" in Exodus 34:6. When God's law was broken, he displayed his glory by sending Jesus to save us from the law's death penalty.
"LIFTED UP" IN DEATH
In John's Gospel, there are thre ...
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