And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…
I. His OUTWARD GLORY. When a Jew heard this he must have denied it, inasmuch, as there was little in Christ which answered to his conception of Messianic glory. Yet lowly as was our Lord's life in general, there were occasional gleams of it.
1. At the Incarnation.
2. At His Baptism.
3. At His Transfiguration.
4. When the Greeks had an interview with Him.
5. At His Resurrection.
6. At His Ascension.
II. But His INTERNAL GLORY far surpassed this. Love, compassion, justice, truth. Add to these an existence which has neither beginning nor ending, and a power which nothing can resist, and this is God. And such as is the Father, such was the Son.
1. This glory is that to which man, in his fallen condition, is most blind. Offer man a Saviour crowned with visible power, or who shall secure wealth or pleasure, who would not acknowledge Him? Christ did indeed offer these. They who should come to Him should conquer sin and reign in heaven; should have spiritual riches and celestial pleasures — but who would purchase these at the price demanded?
2. Pray to God that He may open your eyes to see the glory of Christ and your glorious privilege.
(J. Garbett, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.