Scripture: John 1:14, ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.’
Observations: John’s Gospel is all about how ‘the Word,’ which is Jesus (who is God), ‘became flesh and made his dwelling among us.’ Theologians call this idea that ‘God became flesh’ the incarnation, which comes from the Latin word ‘carnal’ which means flesh. The word ‘dwelling’ literally refers to a tent, and is used for the Tabernacle, so it could be translated Jesus ‘tabernacled among us.’ But what John is trying to communicate is that God ‘lived among us’ in the person of Jesus Christ. John reinforces that idea when he says ‘We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only.’ John ‘saw’ Jesus’ glory with his own eyes, but Jesus’ glory is ‘the glory of the One and Only,’ which is a reference to the ‘One and Only’ God. Jesus’ glory is God’s glory. Which is not surprising for two reasons. Firstly, because Jesus ‘came from the Father.’ Jesus brought God’s glory into the world. Secondly, because Jesus was ‘full of grace and truth.’ God’s glory is closely associated with his character, and in Jesus we see God’s glorious grace, as well as the truth about God and us. Because Jesus is God he reveals what God is like.
Application: You have to do something about the Bible’s claims about Jesus. You can’t just say Jesus was a good man, because according to Jesus and the Bible, he is the God-man, he is God in the flesh. And if Jesus is God in the flesh, he deserves our worship and our obedience. And if Jesus is God in the flesh then we need to look to him in order to understand what God is like. In Jesus we see God’s glory. In Jesus we see God’s grace. In Jesus we see God’s truth. The only way you will grow in your understanding of God is by growing in your knowledge of Jesus as you read the Bible. As you read the Bible you too can ‘see his glory, the glory of the One and Only.’
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, everything I need to know about You can be found in Your Son, Jesus Christ, because in Him You came and lived in this world, amongst us. Lord, in Jesus I can see Your willingness to humble Yourself, even in order to die to pay the penalty for my sins. In Jesus I can see Your glory, Your amazing grace and faithfulness, Your love and justice. In Jesus I learn the truth about You as well as the truth about me, that I am a sinner who needs to be saved, and that only You can save me. Lord, I pray that I will see Jesus, not just in the pages of Your word, but one day face to face. Lord, I pray that Jesus will come more and more to live in me through Your Holy Spirit. In His name I pray. Amen.