The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
We have seen his glory
The New testament is filled with people’s testimony to the life of Christ. They have seen Him with their own eyes. They have seen Him heal, they have seen Him feed thousands. They have seen Him turn water into wine, they have been in the midst of storms that He has calmed. They have seen Him die, have spent time with the risen Lord. They have had their lives turned upside down by HIm. They have given up all they know because He said ‘follow me’.
Sometimes ‘seeing’ requires us to do something other than the ‘expected right thing’ as with Mary and Martha. Preparing a meal, offering hospitality is not a wrong thing but sitting with Jesus and hearing Him speak is better even if it courts trouble and accusation. Being fishermen was not a bad job, it was a necessary job, and probably a relatively secure one in those days, it was the family tradition and what was expected but following Jesus was better. Offering your lunch and letting Him feed five thousand.
Often times we use the phrase ‘seeing is believing’ but it seems as if faith and belief allowed these people to see His glory. Will we go into the new year with faith that lets us see His glory in the deeper details of the stories we encounter in the the world both at home and wider afield? Stories that are, when just seen without belief or faith, bleak and hopeless. But with faith we are able to sit and wait, to trust that God shows up, to see details that our eyes miss on first glance and see His glory.