One of the most moving memorials I have ever witnessed is the Children’s Memorial at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. I have written about it in the past, but I refer to it now as an example of a spiritual point that I would like to examine today. In that memorial space in Israel, a mere five candles are reflected by a series of mirrors to produce an infinite number of points of light. Those relatively tiny light sources produce a solemn but glorious spectacle.
Glory is often manifested in light, and light in turn is a wonderful metaphor for glory. One of the definitions of glory in fact is “splendour, brightness, or majesty.” God is by definition glorious, as He is the ultimate expression of splendour, and majesty.”
The glory of God is referenced throughout scripture. Isaiah 40:5 tells us that the revelation of that glory will be seen by all: “And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” And that glory shouldn’t be missed or overlooked, for as Psalm 19:1 says: “How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory! How plainly it shows what he has done!” We are told in Acts 7:2 that Abraham beheld God’s glory, and in the Exodus account God’s glory took the form of pillars of fire and of cloud. But this was no mere allegory to link God and nature. God’s glory was ultimately manifested in his Son. We see this in John 1:14 – “ The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son.”
But here is the thing – just like those reflected beams of light at Yad Vashem, God’s glory can shine through us. We are reflections of His glory. Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16 that “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl/bushel. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” And this attestation of God’s people should not be a surprise. Paul wrote in Romans 2:10, “But God will give glory, honor, and peace to all who do what is good, to the Jews first and also to the Gentiles.” God-servers, those who do good (a godly good) will shine with his glory.
Are we being the glorious examples of the One who shines within in us today? Let’s get rid of those bushels.