To some it might conjure up a vision of Christ riding great surging white clouds, His form unleashing rivers of blinding light as He splits the heavens asunder, returning to reward the faithful while unsheathing the lightning of His sword to render justice to the proud. Others might imagine Christ’s countenance shining like the sun, His arms open wide, welcoming His bride to feast within the fathomless richness of heaven. But the hope and awe of these visions are simply shadows, the whispering of revelations from a distance, serving merely as glimpses into the astonishing fullness of the reality to come.
Most of us probably feel somewhat removed from the idea of the glory of Christ. The images we hold are more likely to be in keeping with Christ’s humility and suffering: His birth within the stench of a stable, riding on a lowly donkey, and the puncturing and tearing of His flesh by nails, thorns, and whips. The gospel narratives reveal far more details regarding Christ’s humility than His exaltation.
In light of this, it’s important to refresh our awareness concerning moments, while Christ walked among us, when an interstice of light amidst the shadows occurred and the glory of Christ’s unveiled deity burst forth.
Writing with his characteristic depth, precision, and clarity, Dr. R.C. Sproul gives us—in The Glory of Christ, published by Tyndale House—a series of portraits from the Word of God, offering a reminder and glimpse of the majestic splendor of Christ. The chapters are broken up into 16 sketches that trace moments in Christ’s life when the cloak of His humanity fell away, and for at least a moment His glory lay revealed.
Pick up this book and read, for the shimmering jewels of insight it contains—mined and polished through Sproul’s theological expertise—can serve to draw us closer to the Treasure above all treasures, the only wise God, our Savior, to whom belong glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forevermore.