It’s time the church gave serious consideration to the glory it has received.
John 1:14 – And the Word was made 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.
Take a close look at our Text for Today. It is so powerful. The Word, Jesus Christ, was made flesh. He stepped into this world as a human being, being tempted in all points like we are, yet without sin. That’s what it meant for the Word to become flesh.
The Word, Jesus Christ, dwelled among men. He walked with and among other human beings. He lived by faith for His daily provision in every arena just as He taught His disciples to pray. He touched and healed, He walked on water to reach them. He spoke and demons left them. He blessed small portions and they became feasts. He turned water to wine. He did all these things, and more, while dwelling among men.
And in it all, His glory was beheld. Please take a few minutes of your time and read the entirety of John 17. Every mention of the word “glory,” and all its derivatives (glorified, glorify) all come from the same Greek root word, “doxa,” and it is the same word used in our Text for Today speaking of “His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.” We MUST NEVER diminish that glory, its power, its brilliance, its ability, its person. We are speaking of the GLORY of GOD.
And ending our Text for Today we see five amazing words. This glory that Father gave to Jesus was “full of grace and truth.” Think on this; when something is full, that means nothing more can be added. And when we think of the glory of God being “full of grace and truth,” we should understand that “grace and truth” are the complete content of God’s glory. When you experience, witness, or are engulfed by the glory of God, what you have experienced, witnessed, or being engulfed by is “grace and truth.”
I realize that what I’ve shared thus far is but a minor precursor to all the glory of God entails, how it was manifest in, upon, and through Jesus, the impact it has on the believer, and what we should be doing with it. But while my opening words only scratch the surface, and that lightly, I have set the stage for a probing question that demands to be asked, especially at this point in time. Here is that question.
WHERE IS THE GLORY!
Sadly, and that deeply so, I perceive that, by and large, the church of our Lord Jesus Christ is greatly lacking in that glory; in the manifestation of that glory; in the witness of that glory; in the engulfing presence of that glory. I ask you to think on these things.
Manna for Today – John 1:1-14; John 17