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Glorious Humiliation

April 2, 2010

When I think of the glory of God I instantly go to those majestic acts or attributes of Him that are familiar to me:  creation, resurrection, physical healing, omniscience, omnipresence, holiness–these are no doubt glorious and good helps to cause me to worship Him.  The thing is, when I think of the Cross I don’t often think of Christ’s death as glorious–and this is a huge miss in my worship of Him through life and music.

John Stott reminds us of the glorious humiliation of Christ,

The self-humiliation of the Son of God, which began in the incarnation, culminated in his death.  Yet in that very abasement of himself he was “lifted up,” not just physically raised on to the cross, but spiritually exalted before the eyes of the world.  Indeed, he was “glorified.”  The cross that appeared to be “shame” was in fact “glory.”

So when I sing The Glories Of Calvary or The Glory Of The Cross, my mind will be refreshed that Christ’s death on the Cross was the Father’s purposeful lifting up of His only Son.  No one else could have died that death.  No one else could have bore that shame.  The Cross was only Christ’s to claim and for that, for what He did there, we see the glory of our Savior.  This is why we, who believe, worship and why those who don’t believe only see foolishness:

For in the cross of Christ, as in a splendid theatre, the incomparable goodness of God is set before the whole world.  The glory of God shines, indeed, in all creatures on high and below, but never more brightly than in the cross….

If it be objected that nothing could be less glorious than Christ’s death…I reply that in that death we see a boundless glory which is concealed from the ungodly.

-John Calvin

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