John 1:14 ¶ And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
We were all born blind. We were all groping through life, trying to find our way through the darkness. That was our plight until we saw His glory. He had to become a man, become one of us, order to heal our blind eyes. In His glory in heaven, His brightness was too brilliant to see. In His humility, by taking on human flesh, He healed our eyes that we could glimpse His glory in His humanity. Can you remember what it was like to be blind? We all thought we could see until that fateful day that He anointed our eyes and healed us of our blindness. That’s what Christmas is all about, that’s what His nativity is all about. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory. Recently I read an amazing sermon from Augustine. His revelation of the nativity is quite stunning. Here is an excerpt from his thoughts on today’s verse.
“But because “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,” by His very nativity he made an eye-salve to cleanse the eyes of our heart, and to enable us to see His majesty by means of His humility. Therefore “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us:” He healed our eyes; and what follows? “And we beheld His glory.” His glory can no one see unless healed by the humility of His flesh…..By dust thou wert blinded, and by dust thou art healed: flesh, then, had wounded thee, flesh heals thee. The soul had become carnal by consenting to the affections of the flesh; thus had the eye of the heart been blinded. “The Word was made flesh:” that Physician made for thee an eye-salve. And as He thus came by flesh to extinguish the vices of the flesh, and by death to slay death; therefore did this take place in thee, that, as “the Word became flesh,” thou mayest be able to say, “And we beheld His glory What sort of glory? Such as He became as Son of man? That was His humility, not His glory. But to what is the sight of man brought when cured by means of flesh? “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
So maybe some of your family or friends are still groping in the darkness of this life. Talk to them about Jesus. It doesn’t take much, His light is quite powerful. Tell them about His birth, tell them about His birth in you. I am quite certain as you begin to share He will begin to open the eyes of the blind.