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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Glory Restored!

Dear Friends of Jesus,

Greetings in the Glorious Name of Jesus Christ!  In Him is the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form.  He is the final word from God for man.  His life and teachings are revelation of the heart of God and bring life and immortality to light through the Gospel.  He is the reason we gather this first day of a new week to study and worship with others of like-precious faith.  He is the express image of God’s Glory, upholding all things by His powerful Word!  (Hebrews 1:3)

As I reflect on the past week’s readings from Ezekiel, I am again remembering this Sunday morning the vision of God’s glory that Ezekiel was given after a “hair-raising” journey of over 600 miles!  He saw the temple being defiled by the leaders of Jerusalem and those over the temple.  He saw God’s glory being escorted out of the Temple and the holy city of Jerusalem. The Glory paused at the temple entrance. (Ezekiel 10:3-4)  It stopped briefly over the East Gate of the Lord’s house. (Ezekiel 10:18-20)  The final place where this appearance of glory was seen was on the mountain east of the city, the Mount of Olives.  (Ezekiel 10:22-23)

As I meditate on this departure of God’s glory, I think of Jesus Christ coming again to the city and temple to reveal God’s glory to His own people.  Jesus taught in the temple and worshiped there.  Jesus drove the money changers from the temple, cleansing it with a whip.  Jesus prayed in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives as He prepared to offer His body as the final sacrifice for our sins.  He died outside the city, hanging on a cross for us!  The ultimate sacrifice representing the glorious mercy of God for all mankind!

Jesus rose again in glory and appeared to His own.  He ascended in Glory from the Mount of Olives and promised to come back in the same manner He left, on clouds of power and great glory!  (Matthew 24:30-31)  (Acts 1:11-12)  In Solomon’s porch of the temple, on the Day of Pentecost, fiery tongues rested on the 120 disciples gathered there and they were filled with a deposit of God’s glory to empower them to reach the world with the message of Jesus Christ!  What a glorious God and Savior we have!  May you enjoy His glory as you worship today!

In His Love,

Pastor John

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