thought for the day

John 1:14

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 glory of the one and only Son.

Glory is a deep word, A word that tries to tie down something that is far greater than our language has room for. No one else or nothing else shares in this level of glory. His glory is His alone, Right now all we can do is taste this glory we see, we glimpse but one day when we are ‘really alive’ we will see His glory in all its fullness and soak in it.

But God’s word says we have seen his glory, so while it is something far greater than the one word we asign it in speech, we have also seen it, witnessed it. We see it in His incarnation, in his becoming flesh. We see it in Him dwelling among us, seeking us out as He did the work of His Father, work that led Him to the cross. His glory is shown in the way He lived out His Father’s will, not through obedience carried out with gritted teeth but out of humility and love.

His glory is not simply His greatness but who He is in all that He does. His glory is expressed in the following words from Philippians 2 into which we are invited.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death –
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

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