Jn.1:14 – And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
This passage shows John’s version of the birth of Christ. The One who had been with the Father from eternity, the Word of God, took on human flesh. The Creator of all things entered into His created world. It was the unthinkable humility of the Lord that caused angels to sing, wise men to travel across the world, and shepherds to bow in worship. It is His humility displayed in His humanity that has opened our eyes to His glory. We were all groping around through the darkness of this world until Christ exploded on the scene. Our eyes were opened by His humanity that we may glimpse His deity. This is how Augustine describes this verse.
“But because “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,” by His very nativity he made an eye-salve to cleanse the eyes of our heart, and to enable us to see His majesty by means of His humility. Therefore “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us:” He healed our eyes; and what follows? “And we beheld His glory.” His glory can no one see unless healed by the humility of His flesh….And as He thus came by flesh to extinguish the vices of the flesh, and by death to slay death; therefore did this take place in thee, that, as “the Word became flesh,” thou mayest be able to say, “And we beheld His glory”, what sort of glory? Such as He became as Son of man? That was His humility, not His glory. But to what is the sight of man brought when cured by means of flesh? “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Today our world is stumbling along, overcome by the darkness of this age. Christ is just another of the various religious options in the world and Christmas is just another holiday characterized by parties and family gatherings sprinkled with a few religious observances for some. The truth is that the Light is still shining and penetrating the darkness for those whose eyes have been opened. Go again to the manger in Bethlehem, look upon the eternal One who became a living person. One glimpse of this magnificent One and you will be surrounded with the blinding light of His birth. Merry Christmas !!!