Jesus said: “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).
This question is asked by Jesus in the context of Him getting ready to raise Lazarus from the dead. Jesus is implying that there would be a manifestation of the glory of God in raising up Lazarus, and Martha and all the others would see it.
What really is the glory of God?
The word glory is often used to describe the existence or manifestation of God’s presence. Glory is a very common word in Hebrew scripture translated as meaning importance, deference, respect, honor, and majesty.
The glory of God is talked about several times in scripture.
In Exodus 33:19, Moses said to the Lord, “Please show me your glory.” And the response from the Lord gives us a first hand description of what God’s glory is like. It is goodness. It is gracious. It is mercy. It is so powerful that Moses could not look at the Lord in His face, but only His back.
In Ezekiel a description of God’s glory is given: fire, brightness, a rainbow. Ezekiel’s response of seeing God’s glory was one of reverence and falling on his face.
And then in Romans 8:28-30 we also read that we, as those called, justified, and sanctified, are also glorified: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
What would it take for us to see the glory of God?
In the first part of John 11:40 the words “Did I not tell you that if you believe” imply a slowness to believe, but also a promise that we will not loose by believing.
And by ending the sentence with “you will see the glory of God” Jesus is connecting the sight of His glory with the exercise of faith. He is saying, too, that when we look upon Jesus in all His glory, we will have blessings that are present, completely satisfying and fulfilling, and exceptional in nature.
Are you seeking the glory of God? What would experiencing the glory of God mean to you?
Today, may we be blessed with the glory of God in our everyday lives. Showing His glory to us and passing His glory on to us has already been promised. We just need to have faith and believe, because that is what Jesus said to do.