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.
John 1:14 ESV
It’s as if all creation was ready to bust open in declaration at the appearance of Jesus Christ into this world. The glory of the Lord broke out like light on that meadow where the shepherds were resting that first Christmas night, everything seemed brighter than high noon. The whole world seemed to light up as the angels began to sing;
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”.
That song caused the shepherds to break out into a full run as they made their way to the manger. After they saw Him for themselves the shepherds couldn’t keep the news of the glory of the Lord silent, they went about telling everyone they knew. They became the first proclaimers of the gospel of the Glory of God. Today, that is our task. We have seen His glory in the grace of His Son, how can we not tell our world about the greatness of the gospel of His glory? Here is how John Piper describes it.
“So the eternal Word of God took on human flesh, and in that way the divine Son of God—who never had an origin, and never came into being, and was God, but was also with God—became man. And in doing this, he made the glory of God visible in a wholly new way. And this divine glory, uniquely manifest in the Son of God, was full of grace and truth. And from that fullness we receive grace upon grace. That is the meaning of Christmas in John’s Gospel. God the Son, who is God, and who is with God, came to reveal God in a way he had never been revealed before. And in that revelation, the dominant note struck is grace: from the fullness of that revelation of divine glory, we receive grace upon grace.”
Most humans are unacquainted with real glory. Many associate glory with success, wealth or talent. They think if someone has experienced great results in their lives that that is the glory of God. Those kinds of things are not necessarily the glory of the Lord and often are just the glory of man. God’s glory is seen in Christ and His work of redemption, that is what Christmas is all about. So let’s join the shepherds this Christmas and tell our world what we have seen, the glory of the Lord has come and we can never be the same.