Final Glory – Vicar’s weekly Thought

Final Glory

We come to the end of our series on the Good News of Jesus – our fresh look at the fundamentals of our faith in Christ, which we started in February. It’s been so encouraging! And FINAL GLORY – what a note to finish on! You know, even the beauty of this world speaks to our spirits of a yet greater beauty and glory that will one day be seen and known. You have read about it, heard about it, it is in your spirits. We somehow know it is true and from God. A day when there will be no more sorrow, tears or pain, but just light, and God’s holy loving presence. There will be healing for the nations as they bring their own glory and honour and offer it to God – all evil will have been burnt away. Thank heavens! Jesus’ last prayer for his disciples showed his own heart’s desire – that we may see His glory: “I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory ….” [1] And he gave thanks how his

disciples already know that everything Jesus has been given is a precious gift from His Father [2]. Something of his gifts are already known to us for what they are, the foretastes of heaven. The prophet Isaiah foretold this day long before Christ:

‘Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return.

They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy.

Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.’ [3]

Let’s celebrate with joy and gladness in advance today!

[1] John 17.24       [2] John 17.7         [3] Isaiah 35.10