Saturday of the Week of Pentecost

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 32:1-6,16-27; Luke 24:1-27

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. (Psalm 8:1 from the Introit for Holy Trinity)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Moses saw the glory of the Lord in the burning bush, and he was hidden in a cleft of a rock from seeing God's glory face to face. The people of Israel saw the glory of the Lord lead and protect them in the Exodus by a pillar of cloud and fire. The tabernacle and later the temple were filled with the glory of the Lord.

All of the appearances of God's glory in the Old Testament find their fulfillment in the New Testament when John declares, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

In Jesus the words of Psalm 8 are fulfilled. Jesus' name, Yahweh saves, is the majestic Name that fills the earth. God's great glory is revealed to us in the God-man Jesus Christ. We no longer need a burning bush, or a cleft of a rock, or a pillar of fire and cloud to hide God's glory. God reveals His glory to us in Jesus' crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension for you. God reveals His glory in Jesus' Word declared to you. God reveals His glory in Jesus' death and resurrection that we receive when we are baptized. God's glory is revealed to us in the Lord's Supper where the Word remains flesh and gives His Flesh and Blood for you.

Now because of Jesus' ascension, His glory along with His humanity, rule and reign above the heavens. Tomorrow as we celebrate the Holy Trinity we give thanks to God who revealed His glory to us in the person of Jesus. We rejoice, pray, and give thanks to God, whose glory fills the heavens and the earth, but also our hearts and minds. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Christ, the Word of God incarnate, Lord and Son of Abraham; Christ, the radiance of the Father, Perfect God, the great I AM; Christ, the light, You shine unvanquished, Light and life You bring to all; Light our path with Your own presence, Grant us grace to heed Your call. (Christ, the Word of God Incarnate, LSB 540:1)


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