DAILY DEVOTION, 11/15/21
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).
Jesus is the eternal Word of God. He took on our human nature and lived with us as a man. Some see Jesus simply as a man. John sees things that many miss. He saw the glory of Jesus, glory unique to Him as the only begotten Son of God. Perhaps John refers to the Transfiguration when the divine nature of Jesus (His glory) startlingly shone through His humanity (see Matthew 17). This is what John saw: “He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Matthew 17:2). This is one of many things John saw that convinced Him that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
What is the Son of God like? Has He come to condemn us? Has He come to reveal the anger of God against us? On the contrary, John says He appeared as one full of grace and truth. He brought the grace of God to us so we can find forgiveness and peace with God. Grace is the undeserved favor of God upon us sinners. He also came as one full of truth. He is the very truth of God (John 14:6). He brought truth into a world of confusion. If you need grace and truth Jesus is for you.
Father, I desperately need Your grace and truth. I know my life is filled with offenses against Your holy will. Like Pilate, I sometimes ask, “What is truth.” Thank You for sending Jesus, who points me to Your grace and truth. Blessed be His name forever, Amen.