Captivated By His Beauty

But we were eyewitnesses of His majesty

They ‘heard’ Jesus say that he would come in His kingdom in power & great glory

They were eyewitnesses of it, as they saw in Christ
a remarkable & wonderful preview of His glory
in His transfiguration.

They heard God say

“This is my beloved Son.”

Christ’s glory is divine & admirably excellent,
Christ’s glory is bright & evident
Christ’s glory is admirable & indescribable
Christ’s glory is infinitely glorious perfection
Christ’s glory is awe-filled majesty,
Christ’s glory is His purity,
Christ’s glory is His matchless grace & love,

Jesus received from His Father honor & glory

The term is doubled & varied,
signifying His exceeding excellency of the glory

Christ’s glory is His inexpressible beauty,
Christ’s glory is His unfathomable majesty
Christ’s glory is the brightness in His countenance
Christ’s glory is the excellencies of His mind,
Christ’s glory is His transcendence of holiness
Christ’s glory is the splendidness of His meekness,

Christ’s glory is unfolded in the influence of His Spirit of God giving us
a great sense of His indescribable perfections & their immense excellency

Christ’s glory is His adorableness & sweetness.

God shines to us Jesus in the rays of His light

He shines brilliantly
Into the eyes of our heart
By His voice declaring to our ears
And through His Spirit to our souls

We beheld His glory, the glory as of the
unique one of the Father, full of grace & truth

Jesus is our visible symbol of the presence of God the Father

Jesus is the “excellent glory.” of the sun’s light,

The majesty of pure light provoke such a feeling

“It is good for us to be here” Matt. 17:4

The majesty of pure light made them visualize

of building tabernacles & thinking of spending

the rest of their days there

Such is this majestic beauty of Christ’s glory

Jesus uncovers a lively sense of the exquisite
gloriousness & pleasantness of glorious light
when He expresses Himself

The inspired writers announced Him as

“excellent glory.”

This is what they saw in Christ’s face as they
declared Him to be God’s express image

They saw visions of Jesus light & glory as an
emanation of God’s glory filling the New Jerusalem

“Having the glory of God, & her light was like unto a stone
most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.”

Rev. 21:11

Like “a stone most precious”; he knew of none more precious, or bright,
or excellent enough to the sight. “like a jasper stone,” more resembling
that than any other; but that is not sufficient & so he adds

“clear as crystal.”

It is something we can’t express, as there is nothing like Jesus

“He is like a jasper & a sardine stone.”

Rev. 4:3

A jasper & a sardine stone were of different
colors, one green & the other red

How then could the light appear like both?

It was like neither, there’s nothing to represent it by

There was all that was excellent in both

Like seeing that the street of the New Jerusalem
was like “pure gold,” & yet like transparent “glass”

Rev. 21:18

Daniel describes Him as whose garment is said to be “white as snow”

Dan. 7:9

Christ’s garments are said to be “white as the light”

His appearance changed from the inside out,
right before their eyes.
Sunlight poured from His face.
His clothes were filled with light.

Matt. 17:1

His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes.
His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach
could make them.

Elijah, along with Moses, came into view,
in deep conversation with Jesus.

Mark 9:3

O, to have deep conversations with Jesus

God is echoing through all time & at every moment

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear him”

“hear him,”

This communication is visible in the glory of Christ

Are we in harmony with God?

well-pleased with Him!!!

Are we listening God’s voice?

“hear Him,”

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
whereunto we do well that we listen,
as to a light that shines in a dark place,
until the day dawn,
and the daystar arise in our hearts.”

Jesus is “as a light that shines in a dark place.”

He will, as the sun, arise & appear;

We are in a dark place without Christ

We are harassed by heresies, grand delusions & dreadful narrative twisters

We are in danger of stumbling, falling & getting lost

Jesus is our light to guide us
it’s necessary for us to listen to Him
to keep our eyes on Him

Jesus invites us, as He invited Thomas, to reach out & touch His wounds

To rest our faith in the comforts of all the glorious light of His grace

From the first day of belief in Jesus,
We‘ve, been taking it all in—
we heard Jesus with our own ears,
we saw Jesus with our own eyes,
we verified Jesus with our own hands.

He is our Word of Life & light
He appeared right before our eyes;
we saw Him happen!

And now in serious prose we share

Jesus is incredible,

He is the infinite Life of God Himself

We see Him,
We hear Him,
Now we’re telling you
so you can experience Him along with us,
this is the intimate communication we have with
the Father & His Son, Jesus Christ.

Our motive for writing is
We want you to enjoy Him, too.

Your joy will double our joy!

Jesus, in essence, is the message
we heard from Christ Spirit
and we are passing on to you:

God is light, pure light; there’s
not a trace of darkness in Him. …

1 John 1:1-5 paraphrased

Thomas Chalmers in his classic

“The Expulsive Power Of A New Affection.”

“What can strip the seeming beauty,

From the idols of the earth?

Not a sense of right or duty,

But the sight of peerless worth.”

It is only as we see the beauty of Jesus

that we can be set free from our love for idols.

It’s not enough to see what we are to do,

we must be captured by a greater beauty

than the false gods that

vie for our heart’s affection.

Tis that look that melted Peter,

Tis that face that Stephen saw

Tis that heart that wept with Mary

Can alone from idols draw

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