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.
Have you ever thought what it was like that first Christmas Eve, Mary Joseph, and some random Shepherds looking into the face of deity? God had become a man. Immanuel, the promised Savior had finally come. In the dim light of an animal stable the first look at the Son of God who had become man was seen. Like John declared, “And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.” (Jn.1:14 Amp.) John was saying that the Shekinah was no longer in a tent, He was a man. Most of the time we forget or are not aware of the greatness of the miracle of Christmas and how Christmas shouts out “GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD!” Here are some thoughts from McClaren on today’s verse.
“But the Tabernacle was not only the dwelling-place of God, it was also and, therefore, the place of Revelation of God. So in our text there follows, ‘we beheld His glory.’ As in the tent in the wilderness there hovered between the outstretched wings of the silent cherubim, above the Mercy-seat, the brightness of the symbolical cloud which was expressly named ‘the glory of God,’ and was the visible manifestation of His real presence; so John would have us think that in that lowly humanity, with its curtains and its coverings of flesh, there lay shrined in the inmost place the brightness of the light of the manifest glory of God. ‘We beheld His glory.’ The rapturous adoration of the remembrance overcomes him, and he breaks his sentence, reckless of grammatical connection, as the fulness of the blessed memory floods into his soul. ‘That glory was as of the Only Begotten of the Father.’ The manifestation of God in Christ is unique, as becomes Him who partakes of the nature of that God of whom He is the Representative and the Revealer.”
Just as Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds saw glory that night; we too behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Take some time this Christmas just to stare into His face, He is nearer than you know. Merry Christmas!