And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
John tells us that the Son of God became flesh and dwelt among us. This is another thing that should delight us every moment that we think about it. Think of the glory and the wondrousness of being with the Father and the Holy Spirit in perfect union since eternity past. To be with God and to glorify Him for all eternity in heaven is the Christian’s longing. We long for that glory, and it’s something that we’ve not known.
Jesus, on the other hand, had known it. John says that he has seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. There’s a sense in which this is true in John’s merely seeing Jesus as fully man, living a perfect life, speaking amazing words of God and performing spectacular signs and wonders that only God could do. On top of that, John was there at the transfiguration. He beheld the glory of Jesus in an even higher sense. (For some reason, he doesn’t write about it like the other gospel writers do, perhaps out of humility, not wanting to put himself forth as higher than the nine Apostles who weren’t there.)
Jesus spoke of this glory that He had before He became flesh and dwelt among us. John 17:5 says, “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”
Lazarus must’ve had a small taste of what that felt like, being in paradise, and then being sent back to be an illustration of the resurrection. My point is that Jesus, in His amazing love for us, left that place of glory in order to dwell among us. Is that something, too, that we might take for granted? What an amazing sacrifice. And that was just the beginning of it.