“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” (John 1:14). Many of the blogs I have posted for the last two weeks focused on God the “Word” becoming flesh, that is, Jesus coming to earth in human form, as the name Immanuel, God with us indicates. As stated before, this began an event in human history unlike any other. It forever brought a change to the hopeless condition of mankind.
There is a glory associated with the coming of Jesus. Understanding that glory is found in the next phrase of this sentence. He was and is the “only Son from the Father”. The word “only” means that there is no other like Him. Peter, James and John experienced a look at this glory in the transfiguration when “His face shone like the sun” (Matthew 17:2). Peter remembered this special event as he records; “we were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16).
Does this mean that we have not or cannot see the glory of Jesus? Notice how Jesus prays; “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). Jesus made this clear to the disciples; “He who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21). In case we confine this to being in heaven with Jesus, Paul says, “We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Seeing, looking, and gazing on the glory of Jesus, the Son of God, is essential to a fruitful like!
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