On Christmas we celebrate the incredible truth that God became a man in order to reveal his glory to us and save us. In the book of John, he tells us that he and the other disciples personally saw the glory of Jesus.
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
Jesus revealed his glory to John and James and Peter on the mount of Transfiguration:
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. MT 17:1-2
This was no hallucination. John wasn’t using some poetic language to describe Jesus having a happy expression on his face. Jesus’ face literally shone like the sun and his clothes blazed with a supernatural light.
Jesus revealed his glory through his miracles
For 3 years, John and the disciples witnessed Jesus’ glory when he opened the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf, healed epileptics and lepers, and cast demons out of the possessed. They saw Jesus’ glory when he literally walked on water and another time when Jesus calmed the wind and the waves with a word. The disciples saw Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead after he had been buried for 4 days. And they saw Jesus’ glory when he multiplied a few loaves and fishes and fed thousands on 2 different occasions.
John saw Jesus’ glory when he was tortured, and nailed to a cross, then asked his Father to forgive those who did this to him. John saw Jesus die on that cross.
Jesus revealed his glory by rising from the dead
John saw the empty tomb and the grave clothes lying where Jesus had been. And for forty days the disciples spoke with the risen Jesus, and saw him eat and drink. Then they watched Jesus ascend into heaven, right before their very eyes.
The disciples also saw Jesus’ glory as he loved outcasts, forgave a woman caught in adultery, and ate with tax collectors and sinners.
Jesus revealed his glory as of the only Son of the Father
and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father
Jesus’ glory was not mere human glory, but glory as of the only Son of the Father. Jesus was not just a dynamic persuasive speaker or a mere human with incredible talents. What the disciples saw in Jesus was nothing less than the very glory of God. And John recorded some of what he saw so that we too could see Jesus’ glory.
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31
Jesus revealed his glory as the fullness of God’s grace and truth
and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Jesus is the ultimate manifestation of God’s grace
God’s grace is his free and undeserved, merciful kindness by which he turns us to Christ, and saves us and keeps us and strengthens us and makes us more and more like Christ. And Jesus is the ultimate manifestation of God’s free and undeserved, merciful kindness.
Jesus is FULL OF GRACE – and he invites us to run to him for grace. We don’t deserve it. But he says,
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11.28-30
Why do we wait? Why do we not come to him when we’re struggling? If you have never come to Jesus for salvation, to have your sins forgiven, he is waiting with open arms! Jesus is full of grace. Full of God’s merciful kindness.
Jesus is the fullness of God’s truth
Do you want to know the truth about God? How to know and enjoy him? Do you want to know the truth about life and how to in this world? Jesus is the fullness of God’s truth. The more we know Jesus, the more we know the truth. HE IS THE TRUTH.
Jesus said to Thomas in John 14:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to build my life on some man-made philosophy that may or may not be true. I want to build my life on the truth. I don’t want to stake my eternity on men’s ideas or my own ideas. I want to stake my life on the truth. Jesus is the fullness of God’s truth.
John said he and the other disciples saw Jesus’ glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
We can see Jesus’ glory in this life
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 CO 3:18
We see Jesus’ glory in Scripture. When we read the Bible, we see Jesus’ glory. When we worship and sing together, we are beholding God’s glory. When we see him change our lives and others’ lives, we see his glory.
Someday we who believe in Jesus will gaze directly upon Jesus’ glory
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3.2
We shall see him as he is! We shall gaze full on upon the glory of Jesus!
And when we see Jesus in all his infinite glory, we will fall on our faces and sing his praises and worship him for a thousand years. And then he’ll say, “Oh you think that was glorious, how about this?” And he will turn his face a little bit, and we will be smitten with his beauty and we’ll praise him another thousand years. And he will say, “Oh you thought that was good. How about this?” And we will worship him for another thousand years. Jesus’ glory is infinite! We will never grow bored with seeing his beauty and glory and splendor and majesty.
Jesus longs for every one of us to see and enjoy his glory.
If you have never called out to Jesus to save you from your sins, he has his arms outstretched to you today. You can come to him today and you too will see his glory in your life and in eternity. Pray this prayer:
“Jesus, I believe you are God. I believe you became a man, lived a life of perfect obedience to your Father, and never sinned. I believe that on the cross you took my sins upon yourself and the Father punished you for my sins; that you bore the very wrath of God in my place. And I believe your rose physically from the dead, and ascended into heaven, where you reign as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Please save me, forgive me, and wash away my sins by your blood. Be my Lord and my God and my King. I surrender my entire life to you and want to turn from my sins and obey you. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me.”
If you believe in Jesus and sincerely prayed this prayer, then Jesus has saved and washed your sins away and given you eternal life. He has given you his Spirit to empower you to put sin to death and obey him. He commands all those he saves to be baptized and begin to learn to obey all his commands, and he will help you do this. If you prayed this prayer, I’d recommend that you get a Bible and start reading the gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They will help you and strengthen your faith. I’d also encourage you share what you’ve done with others who believe in Jesus so they can help you too.
Merry Christmas! Let’s celebrate the glory of Jesus!