John 1.14

 

John 1.14   “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  The Word as identified here is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, as stated earlier in this chapter, “the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.”  Jesus was not created by God, but was in fact God.  As the scriptures teach, we worship a Triune God, who is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus who came in the form of man, in the flesh, according to Philippians 2.6-8 “although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men.  Being found in appearance of a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  This is also known as the humility of Christ, as He humbled Himself to be born of a woman, and then humbled Himself to die, even the humiliating death of a sinner, a criminals death on a cross.

This is a perplexing concept that the immortal could become mortal, and that the immortal then could somehow die.  This a part of the mystery that the angels longed to look into, how can it be?  But we know from scripture that it did happen, the Christ was born of humble means and lived without sin, though tempted in all ways as we are, yet without falling into sin.  Therefore He can sympathize with us who do fall into sin, He understands the temptations we face, and He cares.

John then says that, ” we beheld His glory,” John saw it with Peter, and James on the Mount of transfiguration, Matt.17.2.   Jesus glowed, He outshined everything imaginable, shining like the sun and these three guys saw it and wrote about it, 2 Peter 16-18 .  There was no question that He was the Son of God.  In addition to the miracles and healings that they witnessed Jesus doing, they saw Him Glorified.

And full of Grace and truth.  Love is the enduring attribute of God that drew up the plan for the salvation of man.  John 3.16 ” For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son.”  Grace is the enabling attribute of God that brought it down to man. Ephesians 2.8 “For by grace you have been saved  through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  Grace is a gift, it takes on many forms, and is the blessings of all the wealth of God in the heavenlies, at our disposal, for our use in righteousness.   John 1.16  Jesus was full of grace and truth, and ” of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”  This statement is made for us to realize that we can never run out of grace.  It is endless, the coffers in God’s storehouse are full and all we must do is call upon Him and He freely gives us His grace.  In a builders world Love is the blueprint, and Grace is the building of the structure.  God’s love sent Jesus, full of grace to implement the workings of salvation.  Then He left the Spirit to lead us, and be our advocate, and gave us a storehouse of grace as often as we need, for our use.

We serve a Living God who provides for us everything.

Karl