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. John1:14 (ESV)
The world only sees a baby – at best. Disciples see more. We have seen His glory! Can you think of any better preparation for sharing the Christmas message with the children than to purposefully look at the glory of the only Son from the Father?
Admire the glory that is shining out of this marvellous paradox, and the Word became flesh! Augustin (A.D. 354-430) tried to describe the indescribable:
He is the revealer of the Father, the creator of the Mother,
the Son of God by the Father without a mother, the Son of man by the Mother without a father;
the Word who is God before all time, the Word made flesh at a fitting time.
Observe the glory of the name that is given here to Jesus – The Word. This is the powerful Word by which the world and life were created. As Jesus’ name, it indicates that He came with the power and the purpose to create a new and everlasting life in all of God’s chosen ones! This name also tells us that God has chosen to speak to the world through Jesus! The Son is God’s supreme Word, God’s sweetest Word and God’s final Word. We find His words in the Bible.
Enjoy the glory of the grace in Jesus! For the first time in the Bible the word grace appears in Genesis 6. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Gen 6:8). This simply means that God liked Noah. How did God show that He liked him? God rescued Noah! That Jesus is full of grace shows us that in Him God’s grace reaches the climax! In Jesus, God’s grace is overflowing! It is more than enough for every sinner who repents and comes in faith to Jesus. Grace is also God’s unchangeable attitude towards each of His children. God’s grace in Jesus says: “I like you! I saved you! I help you!” Is it not great that Jesus is full of grace!
Acknowledge the glory of the truth in Jesus! As creator of everything Jesus is also the source of truth. There is no other source of truth in this world. And as He is the final Word, He is also the final truth! Therefore His truth is authoritative. And absolutely dependable! God communicates His truth by His Word, the Bible. And by this Word man shall live! Therefore nourish yourself with genuine truth! There is plenty of truth in the Bible for questions that need an answer! There are plenty of promises for a fearful heart! There are plenty of directions for those who look for guidance. How good that Jesus is full of truth!
May you find strength and encouragement as you look at the glory of Jesus while you mediate on our memory verse every day during this Christmas season!
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given –