And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'” For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
– John 1:14-16
In this passage, we are called back to the name used for Messiah in the very first lines of this gospel: “The Word.”
Messiah is the word of God, the message of God, the communication of God, the voice of God, the heart of God…and so on.
Everything God wants to say to mankind, everything that is in the Bible, can be summed up in the word Messiah – that is, Christ. The anointed King – the King chosen by God.
John the Baptist knew from his parents that he was six month older than Jesus (Luke 1:26), but he knew from God that Messiah had preexisted him in heaven. For this reason, he proclaimed the preexistence of Jesus to make clear Messiah’s authority over him. Messiah would, in fact, have authority over every other creature by virtue of that preexistence.
The apostles were eyewitnesses to the unique glory that was Messiah’s. They saw the miracles, but they saw also the way He suffered without threats or complaints. It was a unique glory – much greater than all the glory of the temple in Solomon’s day! For the glory of Solomon’s temple was an outward, even worldly, glory, but the glory of Jesus was of His character – His heart.
This Jesus was not merely endowed with grace and truth – He was full of grace and truth. Every word He uttered helped people; every word He uttered was true.
God did not give us part of Himself through Jesus of Nazareth – He gave us all of Himself. That is, He gave us of “His fullness.” And, day by day, from this fullness we receive grace upon grace – that is, generous gifts upon generous gifts. This includes His wisdom, His knowledge, His understanding, His guidance, and more.
This is why we come to Jesus Christ day by day: to receive of His fullness…and grace upon grace.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, today I want to be more open than ever to receiving Your thoughts…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)