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 1:14
If you read the previous post, we wrote about John’s main theme throughout his book. He wanted to make sure to place Jesus as God since there were false beliefs throughout that time period that downgraded Jesus to man’s level. This cannot be so. As soon as we begin distorting who Jesus is, we fall into many traps that religions (Satan) have set forth.
It is no surprise that John starts out by simply stating the facts of Jesus’ existence: He existed before the beginning of time, He was with God, and He was God. (John 1:1-2). Here is where his theme rolls in. He doesn’t start with the Birth of Christ, or the baptism of Christ, or the lineage of Christ, like the other gospels (even though the origins are still all true). He begins with before the beginning of time. This emphasizes the deity of Christ within the first 2 verses.
He goes on to describe the Word (Jesus) becoming flesh. These verses envelop His love for us and desire to bridge the gap between God and humanity, and what a better way to do it than to send God himself in the flesh to do so. “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.”
Sometimes we can put Jesus into a box that best fits our situation. I will be the first to admit that I will justify certain actions based on a characteristic of Jesus. For example, when we want to indulge in sin or stand up for sinful behavior, we can focus all our attention on Jesus being love. Jesus is most definitely love, but thats not all He is. John describes Jesus’ glory as coming from the One True God, which emphasizes His holiness. John also follows that with two main points: He is full of grace and truth. We can conveniently leave out the truth part when we want Jesus to fit in that box of ours.
There is a balance of grace and truth in our lives and Jesus was the perfect example of that. As we continue to read, we will see Jesus being moved with compassion, weeping, and ultimately displaying His love for us on the Cross (grace). But, we will also see Jesus exhibit His righteousness and call people to turn away from sin and live a life of freedom (truth).
This is just the tip of the iceberg as we begin to dig deeper into John. His book is written so simply yet profoundly that as you study it more, you realize how much more there is to study. Continue this journey with me next week and let’s discover more of who Jesus is.
be free. xoxo