Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory—the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. John 1.14
Becoming flesh means that Jesus became a human being. He also was born according to the will of God and not by human means, John 1.13. He participated fully in human life. He lived among us and experienced all that people do—hunger, thirst, tiredness, emotions, suffering—minus one—sin. He was God and man at the same time.
As a man, Jesus showed God’s glory. As the Word, he expressed in human form God’s greatness, and he did so as no one else could do. His glory was seen especially in his grace and in his truth.
The grace of God is his goodness, seen especially in his plan of salvation offered freely to humanity. Grace shows God’s initiative. He loved us first. He came in search of us.
His truth is his faithful and holy nature. God is reality, and he always acts and speaks according to his nature. There are no differing forms of truth. No one possesses his own version of truth.
In the Bible we meet the Jesus-Word, the divine glory in his fullness of grace and truth. In the Word (Bible), we may even say, we meet the Word (Jesus).
Jesus is unique. No one is like him. No one can show us God, except for him. Only Jesus can conduct us to God. May he live among us.
Help me, O God, to see your glory in Jesus and to confess him as Lord and Savior!
Translated from our Portuguese-language devotional Deus Conosco.