“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
All of us have had our “wow” moments. A great surprise, an amazing spectacle, an incredible revelation, a wonderful meal — something spectacular. Today’s anchor scripture is packed with plenty of “wow.” Just about every time I’ve used this passage in a Bible message, somebody came to me and said, “I never knew that. That’s incredible!”
John is recounting a “wow” event in his life. He beheld Jesus’ glory. He saw what you and I can only imagine. Here He tells us of the awesome spectacle, and the mind-blowing revelation.
Surely you understand by now that God is eternal, has always been, and always shall be. As you read John’s words you quickly discern that Jesus (the Word) has been with God from the beginning. In other words, He has always been. But here’s the part where the light turns on for many people. Jesus is God! “The Word was God.”
As we enter the Christmas season and turn our focus to the birth of Christ, we can expand our appreciation of that glorious event by remembering that “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Fully God. Fully man. “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) Immanuel.
In Matthew 17:1-9, we are given an account of John’s incredible experience. With him were Peter and James. This inner circle of disciples were given a glimpse of Jesus’ glory. “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” (v2)
The following verse tells us Jesus was joined by Moses and Elijah. How would you have reacted as witness to the Transfiguration? The vision of Jesus shining like the sun. The appearance of ancient representatives of the law and the prophets.
Then something more amazing happened. God spoke from heaven. While he (Peter) was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (v5)
What one of us wouldn’t have responded as the disciples? “…they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.” (v6)
They already knew this man they befriended and followed was extraordinary. But here was the ultimate revelation. Jesus is God. “Wow!”
God sent His Son, “the One and only,” to live among us. He experienced the trials of life just as you and me and then gave His life that we might have eternal life. The God who has always been — saved us for a forever relationship with Him. “He was with God in the beginning.” And because of Him we will be with the Lord forever.
Jesus came “full of grace and truth.” You did nothing to merit His coming. He was driven by love. “For God so loved the world.” (John 3:16) Despite our sin, He showered us with His grace and revealed the way to abundant life in Christ.
As you face the challenges of your life remember that the “One and Only” is with you. He is with you at this moment and shall forever be.
Since He is God, you have access to His help, support, encouragement, and supremely wise counsel for today, tomorrow, and forever. And as you trust in Him, He will do amazing things so incredible your only response will be to shout, “Wow!”
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.