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.
Most folks don’t care if you go to church and have your belief systems in place. What causes a disturbance is when you actually claim to have had some sort of experience. That’s when you get thrown into the holy roller category. This verse tells me that that old fisherman named John claimed to have had an experience that changed everything in his life. He said that he had seen His glory. What did John mean by that? He meant that He had seen the glory of God in the person Jesus of Nazareth. He saw the glory in the miracles but he sensed the glory in the love of God that emanated from Him. Love flows out from the Lord like a mighty river. This is the glory that captivated John. This is the glory that captures and transforms every person that comes to Him. Here is how Augustine described this passage.
“His glory no one could see unless he was healed by the lowliness of his flesh. Why could we not see? Concentrate, my beloved people, and see what I am saying. Dust, so to speak, had forcibly entered humanity’s eye; earth had entered it, had injured the eye, and it could not see the light. That injured eye is anointed; it was injured by earth, and earth is put there that it may be healed. For all salves and medicines are nothing but [compounds] of the earth. You have been blinded by dust, you are healed by dust; thus the flesh has blinded you, flesh heals you. For the soul had become carnal by assenting to carnal passions; from that the eye of the heart had been blinded. “The Word was made flesh.” That physician made a salve for you. And because he came in such a way that by his flesh he might extinguish the faults of the flesh and by his death he might kill death, it was therefore effected in you that, because “the Word was made flesh,” you could say, “And we saw his glory.” –
Obviously our spiritual vision has been destroyed by the fall of man. Without the influence of God’s grace on our lives we have no way to perceive spiritual reality. That is what changes when we come to Him. Our blind eyes are healed and our whole being is flooded with light. When that happens we become like John and say, “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw His glory”.