You understand that I don’t understand. You engage in conversation and teach me by your comments and behind the scenes responses.
Which captures the brilliance part of glory. Or in an email:
I think I sometimes get into trouble talking about the concept that has been passed around, rather than what Jesus actually said about something – or the people who saw Jesus – what did they say about him?
John talks about Jesus’ glory as being like the light shining into a dark place. Like when you really need some light. This light doesn’t really show us Jesus, but it shines on the stuff around us and lights it up and shows it for what it really is.
In the Temple, Jesus turns over the tables and tells me that meeting with God is not a place of commerce or transaction. “Take these things away” he says. John also says that Jesus showed His glory when he changed the water of purification into the very best wine
Maybe we can not actually look at Jesus’ glory, but we can see what happens when he shines on the things around us.
And you offer words that you struggle with, too:
Righteousness. Heard it all my life. Had to go look it up and think on it to get some idea of what God meant by it.
When I put community on my list for learning about this year, I wasn’t sure why. I just knew that connectedness around God is important. It’s a way of living out “and love your neighbor as yourself.” It turns out that part of community is talking about struggles and leaving space for interaction.