14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’”
16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
“The Word became flesh” does not mean that that the Word stopped being God; rather, the Word was made flesh; He came in human form.
Not only did Jesus become a human, but He also “dwelt among us” (v. 14). Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, the Son of God, was and is 100 percent human.
He got hungry.
He got tired.
He made friends, and He experienced betrayal.
Jesus understands us because He is one of us. The phrase, “dwelt among us,” or “took up residence,” means that Jesus “pitched His tent” (Greek “skenoo”) with us.
The reference to a tent alludes to God's dwelling among the Israelites in the tabernacle (Ex 25:8-9; 33:7).
In the past, God demonstrated His presence to His people in the tabernacle and the temple. His presence came in scarce moments of glory, bits and pieces of holiness.
But through Jesus, mankind was getting the fullness of God: “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Col. 2:9). God has taken up residence among His people in the Word-made-flesh, Jesus Christ (Jn 1:17).
The fact that the divine was willing to dwell among us means that He desired to go through every aspect of the human experience with us. He wanted to feel things the way that we feel things.
Jesus was not only man, but He still was God.
He was radiant: “and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father” (v. 14b). Here we are reminded of the intimacy between the Father and the Son.
The Son received His glory from the Father; the Father is the source of all glory and holiness. Jesus is a reflection of the Father: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (cf. John 14:9).
As such, when we look at the Father, we are looking straight into the Son.
- What did John mean when He said that Jesus took up residence among us?
- How does learning about Jesus inherently teach us about the character of God?
- Thank Jesus for dwelling among us, that He could experience all of humanity on your behalf.