WE BEHELD HIS GLORY
John 1:14 ¶ And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John said that he had “seen” the glory of The Lord in the person of Jesus Christ. Have you seen the glory of The Lord? We don’t have the privilege of seeing Christ in the flesh but we can still behold the glory of The Lord. John was obviously there with The Lord while He was here on the earth. John said he wrote the things that he did so that we could also know this Jesus for ourselves. As you become familiar with John’s gospel you will see that it targets only a few of the miracles from the ministry of Jesus. John said he wrote what he did so that we “may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” Matthew Henry also wrote of this personal revelation that we receive as we look to Jesus for ourselves.
“The beams of his divine glory that darted through this veil of flesh: We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. The sun is still the fountain of light, though eclipsed or clouded; so Christ was still the brightness of his Father’s glory, even when he dwelt among us in this lower world. And how slightly soever the Jews thought of him there were those that saw through the veil. Who were the witnesses of this glory: we, his disciples and followers, that conversed most freely and familiarly with him; we among whom he dwelt. Other men discover their weaknesses to those that are most familiar with them, but it was not so with Christ; those that were most intimate with him saw most of his glory. As it was with his doctrine, the disciples knew the mysteries of it, while others had it under the veil of parables; so it was with his person, they saw the glory of his divinity, while others saw only the veil of his human nature. He manifested himself to them, and not unto the world. These witnesses were a competent number, twelve of them, a whole jury of witnesses; men of plainness and integrity, and far from any thing of design or intrigue.”
Many of the people who lived in the time of Christ saw Jesus in the flesh but came to different conclusions than John did. It takes more than just a physical encounter with miracles, there has to be a spiritual awakening of our souls. In today’s world we may not see Jesus in the flesh but there are still thousands who can say with John, “we beheld His glory, full of grace and truth”. So how about you, have you seen Christ for yourself or are you still wandering around in the dark. The light has come and can be seen in Christ alone.