John 1:14 ¶ And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
This passage touches on the very nature of man’s basic problem; we were all born in a state of absolute spiritual blindness. Now spiritual blindness is far worse than natural blindness. A man born physically blind or who becomes blind in this life knows that something is wrong. He knows seeing is possible, he just can’t see. The spiritually blind have a double curse, they are blind and don’t know it. This passage shows the cure, the only cure for this horrible malady. Look closely at this verse and you will see it, the first time we can see is when we see Jesus as the Eternal Word Who became a man. The Word became flesh, seeing that, seeing His glory, is where our seeing really begins. Here are some thoughts from Augustine on this amazing miracle.
“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. Wherefore were we not able to see? Consider, then, dearly beloved, and see what I say. There had dashed into man’s eye, as it were, dust, earth; it had wounded the eye, and it could not see the light: that wounded eye is anointed; by earth it was wounded, and earth is applied to it for healing. For all eye-salves and medicines are derived from the earth alone. By dust thou wert blinded, and by dust thou art healed: flesh, then, had wounded thee, flesh heals thee.”
This verse can change your view of Christmas. John doesn’t tell the story of the nativity, he is struck with eternity. The angels singing, the shepherds, and the wise men are all a beautiful part of this story, but this is the very heart of the Christmas miracle. The Eternal Word took on a human body, entered into the very creation that He had formed, and lived among us. Maybe this Christmas you too can say like John, “I saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth”.