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Jesus reveals God | John 1:14-18

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

John 1:14-18 (ESV)

Incarnation

In the OT, God revealed Himself selectively, temporarily, to a limited degree to different people in different ways. Most notable was probably Moses – to whom He appeared face to face (Exodus 33:11) and as to a friend. He appeared to others in dreams and visions (Daniel and other prophets). No man can see God and live (Exodus 33:20).

Among other things, the Incarnation made God more accessible to man. He didn’t cease to be God. He took on human nature as God-man: 100% God and at the same time 100% man.

This is best explained in Philippians 2:5-11 where we read Jesus left Heaven to come to earth as man, fully man. His purpose was to reveal God to man and reconcile man to God. For this He receives eternal glory and praise – from all creation.

Witness

John, the author of this gospel, saw Him. He is an eye-witness. He saw, touched, talked with, ate and lived with this “Word become flesh”. Now he is doing as John the Baptist and being a witness of what he saw and experienced. This account can be trusted. 

We, too, have had a live encounter with Jesus. We have experienced Him; not physically, but spiritually, and we’ve been changed. We’ll never be the same. Likewise we can (and should) be like both John’s – a witness to Jesus.

Mystery

How could Jesus be God and man? When John saw Jesus did he really see God? Why would God humble Himself to become man? So many mysteries and unanswered questions. “Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” ( Romans 11:33) One day we will know (1 Corinthians 13:12).

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