Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jesus: The Glory of God

Jennifer finished reading John Piper's "Seeing & Savoring Jesus Christ" earlier this week. Here's a quote from it:

“Jesus Christ is the Creator of the universe. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. Jesus Christ, the Person, never had a beginning. He is absolute Reality. He has the unparalleled honor and unique glory of being there first and always. He never came into being. He was eternally begotten. The Father has eternally enjoyed ‘the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature’ (Hebrews 1:3) in the Person of his Son.

Seeing and savoring this glory is the goal of our salvation. ‘Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me’ (John 17:24). To feast on this forever is the aim of our being created and our being redeemed.”

-John Piper, Seeing & Savoring Jesus Christ (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2001), 31.

I like that paragraph as an Advent meditation. It ties in well with John 1:18 which has been a great verse for meditation for me this Christmas: "No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, He has made Him known!"