And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) -John 1:14-15 NRSV
Many struggle with the idea that God took on human form when Jesus the Messiah was born. I understand their struggle but I also know why it makes sense to me. If Jesus was not God then his birth, life, teaching, ministry, death and resurrection was not all that different than the many prophets and teachers who came before and after him.
In contrast, both John the Apostle and John the Baptist seemed to acknowledge the uniqueness of the one born in Bethlehem. These men both knew Jesus. They spent time with him. They talked with him. They saw him do amazing things. They heard his teaching. They beheld the grace filled glory of God with their very own eyes.
Show us your glory Lord. Inspire us afresh today with the good news.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.