v 14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
I’ve often wondered about this verse; just what did John and the other disciples see that prompted them to say And we have seen his glory!
Was John thinking of some supernatural event like the transfiguration on the mountain – or was there more to it than that? Is it even possible that any one of us might be able to say ‘I have seen His glory’ ? Certainly we will see His glory in eternity when He returns to earth for His second coming and we come face to face with Him as He reigns over the entire universe. But what about NOW – Thursday 22nd September 2022 in Sussex – might you catch a glimpse of His glory? Are our eyes permanently open to the majesty and wonder of Jesus? Does John mean any more than just having a mental grasp of who Jesus is? Is it any more than a school student might say when finally grasping the import and usefulness of Pythagoras Theorem – ‘Oh, I see it.’ Is there a kind of spiritual sight that makes your heart miss a beat and your skin tingle when the reality of Jesus presence with you becomes clear?
Have you faced a difficult situation and yet come away smiling because you knew – with absolute certainty – that Jesus was there beside you and his presence was almost tangible?
Your physical eyes may not have seen anything, there was no vision of a man in white robes floating in the sky, but you knew, yes, you knew and you grasped it, you understood it, you saw it plain in spiritual sight, Jesus was there. And he was glorious!