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GRAVITY, SIN AND GLORY...don’t seem to have anything in common. But let’s explore them and see. Gravity has always been a force on earth. But it was only much later that the theory and law were defined. Give credit to Newton, Galileo and Einstein. Basically, on Earth, gravity gives weight to physical objects, and the moon’s gravity causes the ocean tides. It simply keeps us and objects in place, settled in on Earth. Otherwise, everything would be flying all over creation.
Sin is an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. It is a force that brings shame and other negative consequences on a person. Some would say it is a burden one carries. This is confirmed in Hebrews 12:1. “Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” 
Glory is something brilliant to our eyes and imagination. Take the Shekinah glory for instance. It is also the weighty importance and shining majesty thataccompany God’s presence. The meaning of the Hebrew word kabod (כָּבוֹד) is ‘heavy in weight’. It can refer to a heavy burden. The verb can often mean, ‘give weight to or honor’.
To give glory’ is to praise, to recognize the importance of another, the weight the other carries in the community. The Psalmists gave such glory to God. They recognized the essential nature of his Godness that gives him importance and weight in relationship to the human worshiping community. As one confesses guilt and accepts rightful punishment, one is called upon to recognize the righteousness and justice of God and give him glory. God thus reveals his glory in his just dealings with humans. He also reveals it in the storms and events of nature. Glory is thus that side of God we recognize and to which we respond in confession, worship and praise.
The New Testament uses doxa (δόξα) to express glory and limits the meaning to God’s glory. In classical Greek doxa means opinion, conjecture, expectation and then praise. The New Testament carries forward the Old Testament meaning of divine power and majesty. It extends this to Christ as having divine glory. “Which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (I Cor. 2:8).
Gravity and our sin were both at work on our Lord and Savior Jesus at the cross, weighing him down. Both were a burden to him. But once the greatest act of love ever recorded was completed, the eternal weight of glory came to rest on him. One day those in Christ will experience that glory. Paul exhorts us in 2 Corinthians 4:17,18. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
The shepherds in Bethlehem experienced this firsthand. “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.”  Then a host of these angels declared; “glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Lk. 2:9,14)
See, these three did have something in common. As we enter the Advent season, may our thoughts, actions and praise heap a whole bunch of weighty glory on our God. He alone is worthy!
Copyright 2017
Bill C. Dotson
Scriptures taken from the New King James Version

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