Today's Advent word is Glory. My little boy gets so excited when he opens the advent box each day and pulls out the paper, as if he knows it's something powerful, something life-changing. Today's word does convey power and something that changes our lives. The glory of Christ.
And 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.
I also love how the Amplified Bible puts it:
And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception).
There we have it, friends. Christ our God in Heaven became human. He lived among us, breathed this air, walked this earth, experienced this world- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Countless people witnessed His power and glory during His time on earth. I think back to day one of our Advent Journey together and how the shepherds beheld his glory on that starry night in Bethlehem, long, long ago. I think back to day three of our jAdvent Journey and I am reminded that Christ is the light of the world, so glorious, so bright. I think back to day five and consider His pure Holiness. I think back to day nine and I stand in awe of the perfect Divinity of Christ. I think back to yesterday and see HIs beauty. On our journey just over the past 11 days, we have truly beheld His glory.
...O LORD, the God of our ancestor Israel, may You be praised forever and ever! Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is Yours. O LORD, and this is Your kingdom. We adore You as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from You alone, for You rule over everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength."
(1 Chronicles 29:10-12)
Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors,