John 1 is one of those mind-bender portions of scripture that has had theologians and lay-people intrigued for centuries.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
This text is meant to make us say wow and glory at the person of Christ. Because in this text we see His divinity and oneness with the great I AM of the Old Testament. It is a statement that is supposed to make us glory in Him. He is the Word and He has existed since the beginning with the Father as One. Whoa.
This scripture goes on to call Jesus the Light of the world; the world in which was made through him. It says He put on flesh and revealed His glory to us and is full of grace and truth. (John 1:3-14)
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
The we in this verse refers to those who have seen His glory and have accepted that light and truth into their lives. We who profess Christ’s supreme divinity and oneness with the Father. We have received and will continue to receive the blessing of his grace which is unloaded on us out of His fullness.
When something is too full, it spills over. This is how we experience His blessing. Like pots overflowing with wine at a wedding feast, our hearts are glad when we receive it. He is an ever-flowing stream of goodness; just stand in His way and you will be overcome by it.
It is the empty cup placed under the flowing stream; the penniless hand held out for the heavenly alms. ~C. H. Spurgeon.
But how does one experience this goodness in the midst of trial? How do we stand in the His way when we are at a loss?
I believe we do so by admiration in the fullness we read about here.
We start by glorifying His name by reminding ourselves what we know to be true of Him. 2 Peter 1:13 says, I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, because he knew that’s what his readers (including us) need. If in the midst of difficulty you need help in being stirred up, then remind yourself. There is nothing wrong with that.
We read John 1 and see His magnificence. We enjoy His goodness by thanking Him for it. We let Him wash over us like a wave when we meditate on His holiness and extended hand of grace.
When we stand in awe of His fullness, grace piles upon grace for us.
And I don’t know about you, but I need that kind of heaping grace desperately.
How about you?