Piper, John. Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ. Crossway Books. 2004
From time to time it is good for us to spend some time reviewing and trying to get our head around the truth of our spiritual heritage that we have as children of God. Specifically this has to do with an understanding of who Jesus is and how His provisions impact our lives and who we are. This resource is a great toll to help us appreciate Jesus, especially as it relates to His glory. A short, intense, devotional read that will inspire and challenge.
“We were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things.” (15) John 17:24. Such knowledge involves seeing with the eyes of our heart. Jesus is the incarnation of the glory of God. He is described as the Lion and the Lamb. Jonathan Edwards describes this paradox as “an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies”.
Christ was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3) but God the Father “anointed Him with the oil of gladness”. (Heb. 1:9) When Christ (God) demonstrates his power (over the elements) our response is a choice of worship or cursing. E.g.Job. “The extent of Jesus’ knowledge is a compelling warrant for faith in His divine origin.” (53) The world has (and will) always slandered the name of Jesus. Our words must glorify His name.
No one deserved suffering less yet no one suffered more than Jesus. Through it He was glorified! The mercy of Christ is free but it comes at a great price. Our need for mercy is continuous. The resurrection ushers in the culmination of Jesus’ invincible life. At Christ’s second coming, we will see (with our actual eyes) His Glory. That is our hope. “Jesus, as He is revealed in the Bible, has a glory- an excellence, a spiritual beauty- that can be seen as self-evidently true.” (119)