The sun is setting right now. At least it is somewhere in the world. It happens every day, and yet we often don’t notice. Some sunsets are more beautiful, but I love to see them all. My family recently got to spend a few days at the beach. We stayed in Bluffton, SC, where I snapped the above picture. When I saw the sky that night, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of God’s creation. I could hardly take my eyes away until the sky turned to darkness.
We are created to love beauty, and ultimately to long for God’s glory. We see it displayed in creation—sunsets and waterfalls, mountain tops and ocean waves—but we can see it even more clearly in two other places: God’s Word and Christ’s body. Are you seeing it?
The Word reveals who God is and what he has done, culminating in the coming of Jesus. He is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15). Jesus manifests God’s glory in flesh and blood—the God-man. The Son has risen indeed, and he shines his light into our hearts through faith. Will you believe his promises revealed in his Word?
As we believe in Jesus, we are adopted by the Father and united with brothers and sisters by his Spirit. God lives in us by his Spirit and calls every believer to join with other believers in local churches, and to gather regularly (Heb. 10:24-25). That’s why we meet every week—to worship and connect, serve, and go. It may be the messiest way, but the body of Christ is probably the most tangible way we experience God’s glory today. As the Spirit works in the lives of every sinner who repents and believes, Christ’s body displays God’s glory in the church and to the world around us.
Jesus is the glory of God. Are you searching the scriptures to see God’s glory? Are you gathering with Christ’s body each week to display God’s glory? Are you declaring God’s glory with all creation—that God is great and greatly to be praised? “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice” (Psalm 96:11a ESV).