Friday, January 29, 2010

JLAglory

Many people seem startled and confused at how I have reacted at the loss of my mother. Some even feel that at some point I will break down when I totally grasp the situation. Obviously, I feel differently. While some feel I have not fully accepted the reality of my mother’s death, I know that I understand it abundantly more than most. Janet Lillian Armstrong is with the Lord now. She is in Heaven with God; basking in His glory. Words can not explain how amazed I get when thinking about what it must feel like to actually be in His presence. The glory of the Lord is so much greater than great. His glory is more amazing than amazing. God’s glory is so powerful, so awesome, and so radiantly wondrous that it is beyond human comprehension. Let me give you some examples…


This is shortly after the Lord assured Moses that He would go with Moses and his people on the way to the Promised Land. Exodus 33:17-23(NIV):

17 And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name."

18 Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory."

19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live."

21 Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen."

Even Moses, whom the Lord highly favored, was only allowed to see His “back parts.”
Here is another instance after Moses was speaking with the Lord on Mount Sinai. Exodus 34: 29-35 (NIV):

29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.
33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the LORD's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.

I like to look at this as “second hand glory.” This wasn’t even the Lord. Just after prolonged communication with the Lord, Moses’ face was so radiant, so shiny, and so outstanding that his people were afraid of him. The glory was too much for them.

Here is part of the vision of the Prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel 1:25-26 (NIV):

25 Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26 Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, [f] and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. 27 I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

All I can say is “WOW”. This is just amazing and only a glimpse of the true glory of God.

Here is an interesting example from the New Testament. Acts 9:1-9 (NIV):

1Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
5"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.

"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. 6"Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

7The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.


It was daytime, yet a light shined so brightly that Saul fell to the ground. It was bright enough that Saul was even blinded. At this point Saul was against Christianity, yet He still referred to Him as Lord. This experiences was so powerful it eventually converted Saul into the Apostle Paul; a great preacher for Jesus and writer of many New Testament Books.

Jlaglory was a common username for so much because it reflected her passion and fervent desire for the Lord and to be with Him one day. This desire (that all Christians should have, by the way) is now fulfilled. This is why I am not sad! This glory that my mind may only begin to understand; she’s in it! This radiant, awesome, wondrous, exuberant being….she is with Him right now! Simply stated, I am overjoyed for her.

For a while I was speaking of my mother in past tense. I loved her, she was my friend, etc. But then I realized that she is not gone forever. I still love her, she still is my friend. One day her, myself, and all of God’s children will all be together in God’s glory. Here is something all Christians can look forward to.

Revelation 22: 1-5 (NIV):

1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

NO PAIN! NO PROBLEMS! NO HUNGER! NO SLEEP!
JUST PARADISE FOREVER!
GLORY! GLORY! HALLELUJAH!!!

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