The definition of the word “glory” in the Dictionary: “Great honor, praise, or distinction accorded by common consent; Something conferring honor or renown; Majestic beauty and splendor.”
When someone receives an award, graduates as the top student of his/her school, has an opportunity to meet celebrities or gives honor to God… We use the word “glory” at the moment it’s very impressive, our hearts is overflowing with joy or it’s filled with beauty.
The Bible also says that God dwells in glory and He will appear in His glory when He comes to us.
A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:3-5)
Possibly God will fit this word best. However, the prophecy of appearing in glory came true differently from our common sense; Jesus came to the earth as an ordinary man. “Glory”, which means great honor, is far from an ordinary man. For all that, why does Jesus who came in humble flesh receive glory?
As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘ ” (Luke 3:4-6)
The words “the glory of God will be revealed and all mankind together will see it” are a prophecy that God will save us. It does not mean that He will appear in a glorious and majestic way outwardly but means that the appearance of God who saves us is the glory itself. It also applies to the Christ who is to appear again.
At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:27-28)
Maybe many Christians are waiting for Christ coming in something majestic and splendid, looking up the sky, because there is a prophecy of coming in a cloud with power and great glory. However, it’s prophesied that Christ is to appear as a man like 2,000 years ago to save us.
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:28)
The Second Coming Christ also appears in glory because He comes to save us, even though He does not appear in a splendid and glorious appearance, contrary to many people’s expectations, but in an ordinary appearance like us.
For the LORD will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. (Psalm 102:16)