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.
Jesus told His disciples: “For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear with you hear, and did not hear it” (Luke 10:24). When some of the Old Testament prophets and kings foresaw and foretold the coming of the promised Messiah, they had a great desire to see and hear Him in action. Would it not have been awesome if we had been able to see and hear Jesus for ourselves? We also did not have that privilege.
Jesus came in “the fullness of time” and manifested Himself to His disciples. We have four accounts of His earthly life. Two of them are from direct eyewitnesses—Matthew and John—while tradition teaches us that Mark received it primarily through Peter and Luke did extensive research in order to “write an orderly account” (Luke 1:3).
In his prologue, John stated: “We have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” For three years John lived and walked with Jesus. He was the one who was the closest to Him. What were his impressions? What stood out?
There wasn’t any doubt in John’s mind that Jesus is God. He displayed such a glorious life that there was only one conclusion: He is “the only Son from the Father.” John mentioned two realities that particularly stood out to him: grace and truth. Throughout His life, Jesus demonstrated a fullness of grace and truth. Let’s consider both.
At the very core of His being, Jesus is infinitely gracious. For when John stated that He was full of grace, he thought of infinity—God has no limit! Furthermore, the One who made the heavens and the earth, upholding it “by the word of his power” (Heb. 1:3), stooped down to His rebellious creation in order to redeem it. He did so by living a flawless life and by taking upon himself the wrath that our sins deserve. That is grace! He freely forgave, restored, healed, and made whole.
He not only displayed infinite grace, but also definite truth. Every word He spoke was unadulterated truth. There was no deception or even an exaggeration. His lips were pure. In a world filled with lies and deception, John heard Him speak and they were the words of “the only Son from the Father.” Jesus stood out, amidst a fallen creation, with grace and truth, showing forth His glory.
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