When God Lost His Glory

canstock10036045For the moment, let’s leave Jesus or Christianity out of the picture. What if you tried to just believe in God in general? What if you just tried to live a good life and pray to him? How would you get into a relationship with a God like that? Wouldn’t that be exploitation? God wouldn’t change—you would have to do all the submitting, all the repenting, make all the sacrifices.

But Christianity is different. Jesus Christ lost his glory and became mortal and died for us. In Jesus God says, “I will adjust to you. I will sacrifice for you. First I will give up my glory and immortality in becoming human in the Incarnation. Then I will give up all light and joy and my very life in the Atonement.”

Christ on Cross 2He was nailed fast to the cross so he could not move. How is that for giving up your freedom? Christianity is the only religion that claims God gave up his freedom so we could experience the ultimate freedom—from evil and death itself. Therefore, you can trust him. He sacrificed his independence for you, so you can sacrifice yours for him. And when you do, you will find that it is the ultimate, infinitely liberating constraint. “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

–Timothy Keller,
Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical

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2 thoughts on “When God Lost His Glory

  1. Christ did not give up his glory. Rather He humbled Himself by coming down from heaven and taking on a human nature. Refer to the Nicean Creed that reaffirmed what had been believed since New Testament times. “True God and true man.”

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    • Agreed. Christ became a man without ceasing to be God. The point made is that in his death Christ looked very “inglorious.” Suffering in blood and agony is not our idea of “glory.” That being said, however, there is a sense in which the cross shows the “glory” of God’s love and grace. So it turns out that Christ displayed the glory of God in his moment of greatest non-glory.

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