Three Meditations on the Messiah
Meditation One: The Revelation of the Son
Even though Psalm 19 says that every day “The heavens are telling the glory of God,” nevertheless there is coming a time when the glory of the Lord will be revealed in a way that it has never been revealed before.
It will be revealed, Isaiah says, in such a way that all flesh will see it, and they will see it together. There will not be a person here and a person there saying, “I have seen the Lord, I have seen the Lord.”
No more solitary Moses on Mount Sinai. No more solitary Ezekiel with his visions. No more solitary Paul with his ecstasies in the third heaven. But every single human solitary being together will see the glory of Lord.
When? When will this happen? The Lord Jesus tells that it will be at the time of his coming (Matthew 24:29–30):
The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
The Son of Man will come with power and GREAT GLORY. And all the tribes of the earth will see—not just believers—but everyone, all flesh will see it together. Some will rejoice with joy unspeakable as they hear the cry: “Behold your God.” And others will mourn and weep and gnash their teeth as they hear the cry, “Behold your Judge.”
Think very seriously about this today. If Christianity is anything, it is the promise that Jesus Christ is stronger than Satan, and that His glory will be supreme over all the earth. In the end Satan and all his forces and all who have worshiped him and followed him will be cast in the Lake of Fire.
I believe with all my heart that the day is coming when Jesus will be utterly and totally and gloriously triumphant over all his enemies. This is what keeps me going when I feel sometimes like I am about to drown in a sea of evil.
O that I could persuade every one of you that the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and that when it is, those who have been in love with the world, who have walked in disobedience to Christ, who have played at religion without knowing the power of it, who have taken pleasure in unrighteousness will be so frightened at His appearance there will be nothing but regret and misery for the rest of eternity.
But before the revelation of that awesome glory God planned another revelation first. He ordained that his Son suffer many things. And to suffer many things, He had to become a man. And to become man, He was born of a virgin.
– John Piper