This is the last post in a series on John’s Prologue. I have immensely enjoyed studying this passage and growing in Christ. I hope you have enjoyed reading these short musings, and I pray you have been edified by the Word of God.
We have seen John describe Jesus as the Word who was in the beginning, and was actively involved in the creation of the world. He was also the source of the light, and he brought that light to the world, though he was despised and rejected even by those who knew him. This Word, Jesus, brought salvation to all who would believe, and those who believe he gave the right to become children of God, and they are born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor the will of man, but of God.
Then John, under the direction and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, writes one of the most beautiful verses in all of Scripture: John 1:14.
“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.”
Miraculous. Beautiful. Awe-inspiring.
The everlasting Son of God, the Word, the Second Member of the Trinity became flesh, man, and dwelt among men! John is writing from first-hand experience. He saw Jesus. He heard Jesus. He was comforted by Jesus. And John writes “we have seen his glory…” This glory that John saw could only come from the Son of God. This glory was full of grace and truth. Some earthly things have glory. We feel as though we have glory at times. But this glory is different. This is the most glorious glory to have ever been. There is no more glorious glory than that of the glory of God. This glory is different because by this glory, the coming of the Son of Man to live as a man on earth, taking on flesh and eventually dying as the propitiation for our sins, brings about grace and truth. He rules in truth and he offers grace as a gift to those who believe.
He became flesh so that we may experience his glory, and by experiencing his glory, further realize his grace and truth. By the fulness of his glory we received grace upon grace. Undeserved grace given to us by a holy, perfect God. There’s no rhyme or reason to any of this. But it is a beautiful truth. The eternal Jesus came to earth as a man, retaining his full deity but also being fully man, and lived and died, displaying his glory for all to see, so that we who believe may have grace.
Even John the Baptist, the greatest prophet, knew that Jesus was more glorious. This is established by his eternal existence into eternity past.
Even Moses, who brought the Law to the Israelites, points to our need for a Savior.
I pray that you will take some time to reflect on this glorious truth: Jesus Christ came to save sinners. He came and showed his glory, the most glorious glory, and by his life, death, and resurrection we have life, grace, forgiveness, and truth.
Praise be to God, who by his infinite mercy and grace chose to save us sinners in our helpless state, through the atoning sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, who became flesh and dwelt among men. What a mighty God we serve!
Soli Deo Gloria