John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Today I'm still happily parked inside of this passage, meditating now on the second part of this beautiful revelation of our Lord Jesus. It says that we have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace of truth.
As I kept in mind that the Word who clothed Himself in our humanity is Jesus, it became clear that grace and truth though defined in many ways are ultimately personified in Person. A Man who lived and breathed suffered and died so that by Him and His Grace and Truth I can be set free from sins grips, sins condemnation and sins sentence of death to live, have life and do life with Jesus. Oh, how this deeply endears Jesus to my heart so much. This refreshing reminder that the message of the Cross isn't just a religious doctrine that we believe but a MAN whom we embrace.
Another thing that grabbed my attention in this text is the word "glory." I thought about a passage I read in Isaiah 40 that prophecies about the Glory of God.
Isaiah 40:9 You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"
"Good news" and "high mountain" are the words that piqued my interest. These words have to be talking about our Jesus, right? It was on that mountain of Calvary that the Man of Grace and Truth screamed with the voice of His wounds, the shouts of His suffering, the herald of His dying love the Good New of our forgiveness, our pardon; mercy for the sinner and Justice to our God. By the death of the Man of Grace of Truth and what tragically appeared to be His humiliation and degradation. His discredit and disgrace as He became my Sin and died my death is, in reality, a beautiful, jaw-dropping display of His Glory.
"Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The LORD has spoken!" Isaiah 40:5
"Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." John 12:23
"It was now just before the Passover Feast, and Jesus knew that His hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the very end" John 13:1