Show me your glory, I pray. – Exodus 33:18
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?” – John 14:8–9
We were in the middle of nowhere on a cold winter night when we gazed up at the expanse of the heavens and saw the glory of God (cf. Psalm 19:1). The sunrise on the beach was so beautiful; it was as if God’s glory was shining for all to see. The Grand Canyon actually has a sign posted, quoting Psalm 66:4, “All the earth worships Thee; they sing praises to Thee; sing praises to Thy name.”
Moses wanted to see God’s glory. God obliged by allowing him to see his backside (Exodus 33:17-23). Philip wanted to see the Father, and Jesus obliged him by revealing that He was the fullest expression of the Father’s glory, grace, truth, and love.
What if God would write across the heavens the words, “I EXIST”? Would there be a mass conversion, a gathering in the churches for the weeks following? Or would it be like 9/11 when the churches were full the next Sunday, only have the masses dwindle away in the ensuing weeks.
What if seeing Jesus – by faith, through his word – is enough? The glory of God displayed in the creation simply points us toward the God who has fully revealed himself in the Babe of Bethlehem. The majesty of the Grand Canyon stands as a monument to God’s creative power. But Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and teachings stand for all who will look to him as a testimony to the goodness of God. Jesus is enough. Seeing and knowing him is enough for us all.