“We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”.
Jn 1:14 NIV
People do not always understand fully what they can see in front of their very eyes. A youth went to work in a gift shop. The first day he was there the boss said, “Let’s see how much you know about these jade ornaments” and put two pieces of stone in his hands, one of which was genuine, the other imitation. “They’re both the same” said the young man after a quick glance. “Now I want you to take a good look at this piece”, said the older man, and went away for twenty minutes. Every day for two weeks he made the youth sit and look at a piece of jade. Then one morning he handed him an imitation. The young man said straight away, “But this isn’t right – it’s a fake”.
John thought long and hard about Jesus, who he was and what he did and said. Then he wrote, “In this Word-of-God-made-flesh we have met the truth of God in a human being. We have seen the genuine thing, the grace of God, alive and walking around among us”. Jesus was more than a good man whom God the Father loved because he was better than anyone else. He was the genuine article – the perfect revelation of who God is. He is the truth we have only dimly glimpsed hitherto. And he is the fullness of God’s love in action, the compassion, kindness, gentleness, caring of God in human form. Now we know what truth is. And now we know what grace is.
Whatever else you see in Jesus, see God’s perfect truth and grace.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, help me to know you in your fullness.