Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
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Advent reading from Meet Him At The Manger: Seeing Jesus’ Glory
For me, it’s easy to consider Jesus’ glory as He is seated at the right hand of the Father, surrounded by heavenly beings…or as He emerges from the tomb, alive…but as a weak and helpless baby in a barn? I have more trouble equating that scene with His glory. Until I think, “This is the Creator of everything that exists…this is the One who keeps the planets rotating and revolving, and the seas from overflowing their shores, and the clouds from crashing down over us…in a baby, but an infant that is the em-BODY-ment of all that gloriousness!” and then it makes sense on some level. “It is God in Christ, God as man, and nobody else…who has something to offer to our world.“