And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
And We Beheld His Glory
Looking into the face of Jesus must have been a vision the apostle John never forgot. When the Lord first called the Galilean fisherman to follow him, he could never have imagined how his life would change and how his writings would be preserved for all time guiding millions of souls to the story of God’s Son. John learned early the hard work of fishing the waters of Galilee. Following the man from Nazareth would prove to be the most difficult work he would ever know. Unlike many of his fellow disciples, John would not experience the pain of martyrdom but live to be a very old man. Throughout his life, he would often reflect upon the brief years he shared with a man whom he loved more dearly than life itself. Jesus had a profound impact on John’s life because he saw the glory of God in Jesus. This man of flesh was full of the grace and truth of the Heavenly Father and John knew he was the only begotten Son of God.
John remembered the first calling of Jesus to his brother James and himself. Joining other fishermen like Andrew and Peter, the son of Zebedee would be a companion to a tax collector, zealot and seven other men comprising an inner circle of apostles sent forth to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ. John would remember the special times when he, his brother James and Peter would witness the transfiguration or be taken aside from the other apostles while Jesus prayed. Nothing could take away the image of Jesus hanging on the cross as John held Mary close to him. How could he forget those painful words of Jesus asking him to care for His mother? The image of Jesus dying was something John would never forget.
The first day of the week following the death of Jesus was a time John would always look back on with feelings of glory. There stood his Lord alive and well. He could see the nail prints in his hands. Those forty days with Jesus seemed like an eternity. How would he ever forget watching Jesus ascend into the clouds and the message of the angels that He would return in the same manner? John would never witness that return but he looked every day as if Jesus would return. Then came Pentecost and John realized what all the time with Jesus meant. The gospel of the resurrected Savior would change the world.
John wrote the story of Jesus the man who was God. He witnessed the fleshly image of the Son of God and beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father. This story was given from personal experience. John wrote about what he saw and heard from his own life. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the apostle opened up the glorious story of the man from Nazareth who was the Word that existed before time itself. John declares in his gospel that Jesus is God showing His power through His miracles. Concluding his message, the apostle recognizes the world itself could not contain everything that made the story of Jesus Christ. What John inscribed upon the parchment of eternity was the image and glory of the Son of God.
We were not there when Jesus walked among men. The Father has preserved this message from His humble servant John to give us a glimpse of the glory of His Son. There is no greater story we can come to know than the story of the Word that became flesh and dwelt among men. Many beheld His glory and their lives were changed. When we spend time in the life of Jesus seeing His glory full of grace and truth, our lives will be changed also. Many do not see Jesus for who He is because they have never taken the time to come to know Him. Read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Come to know Jesus. Let His life change your life. Behold His glory.