Suggested Reading: Ezekiel 7-9
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Key Verse: Ezekiel 8:4
And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I saw in the plain.
The word, “BEHOLD,” means to see, to observe, to watch, to gaze upon, to contemplate, to inspect, and to witness an important sight. What could be more important to behold than “the glory of God!!” Ezekiel 8:16 tells us of 25 men who “were worshipping the sun.” The “Son of God” (the movie by that name shows up in theatres this Friday…it’s all about Jesus!), said, “He that has seen Me has seen the Father” (read John 14:5-14). The Apostle John writes in John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we BEHELD His ‘GLORY,’ the ‘GLORY’ as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth!” Paul wrote, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with ‘GLORY’ and honour, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). Let’s read of other visions in Isaiah 6:1-5 and Revelation 1:13-18. The Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, pushed Jesus forward in front of the paid lackeys of the High Priest and exclaimed, “Ecce Homo”…”Behold the man.” In so doing, Pilate focused the gaze of billions of people onto that blood-streaked face of Jesus, and onto the crown of thorns that had been crushed on His brow. Paul wrote these words, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (read Hebrews 12:1-3).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
O Jesus…I see You with new insight! I perceive in a greater way today than ever before who You are in all Your GLORY! You outshine the sun! I worship You! I give You my life all over again! Thank You of showing me a glimpse of Your GLORY! I pray that I will always keep You before the eyes of my understanding! In Your Name I pray, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I don’t have a copy of my Dad’s autobiography here with me in Nashville, but my memory is that while he was still a soldier in the Canadian Army in WWI, he made his lifetime commitment to Jesus as his Saviour and Lord. He was 21 years old when he first received Holy Communion. The next day he was helping his father work in the field. During the day, my Grandpa saw my Dad staring off into space, immobilized, having stopped work for a time. My Grandpa said to him, “Roy, what are you gazing at?” My Dad said that at that moment he saw a vision, looking into Heaven, where he was beholding Jesus in all His Glory. I’ve walked that field thinking of Dad’s vision, wondering if God would give me a vision too. It didn’t happen to me, but as I type this, in a very real way, I am beholding His GLORY in my thoughts, and in my innermost being. I’m being changed from “Glory to Glory!” “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the GLORY of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord!” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Yours for that daily transformation that the Spirit of the Lord is producing in our lives,
P.S. Yesterday I received an honour that belongs to all who have ever prayed for me and who have faithfully given to make Crossroads Christian Communications a reality. It’s the International Award for Individual Achievement at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, TN. I see every supporter standing with me receiving this recognition. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! to You, my Lord and my God, and to all who have served Him as His support team!!! Below are some photos of the event.