“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.”— John 1:14.
THE GLORY of Christ is apparent, as we study the titles which are given to Him in the first chapter of St. John’s Gospel.
The Word (Joh_1:1). As the words we speak reveal our character, so Jesus is the speech of the invisible God. He has uttered or declared God (Joh_14:9). The Psalmist said that the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork to the ends of the earth, but in the fairest panorama of the starry heavens, or sunset clouds, there was never such a presentation of God in nature as we have in Jesus.
The Creator (Joh_1:2-3). In the strongest language he could command, the apostle inscribes the Name of Jesus on all things that are in heaven above and in the earth beneath. The iron of which the nails were made that transfixed Him to the Cross; the wood of which it was composed, the thorns which composed His crown, all were due to His creative fiat.
Life and Light (Joh_1:4). It pleased the Father that life should reside in His human nature, as its cistern and reservoir, so that from Him we should derive eternal life, communicated through faith. In His life is light.
The Messiah (Joh_1:10-11). “He came unto His own.”
The Shekinah (Joh_1:14). Now and again, during our Lord’s earthly career, the curtain of His human nature seemed to part and to emit some gleams of the radiant splendour of His Being. It was so on the Transfiguration mount, and again in His Resurrection and Ascension. The glory was full of grace and truth.
The Only-Begotten Son (Joh_1:12-14). We may be sons, thank God, but He was The Son. Whatever is implied in that phrase “Only-Begotten,” He is separated from the noblest of the children of men by a measureless and impassable chasm. Yet how wonderful it is, that He is not ashamed to call us brethren. Let us give glory and homage to Him.
Love infinite, love tender, love unsought;
Love changeless, love rejoicing, love victorious!
And this great love for us in boundless store;
God’s everlasting love! What would we more.