3 results of the Incarnation, the Word becoming flesh:
- We have seen God’s glory (14-15)- the glory in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection can only be described as the glory of the One and Only, sent from the Father. Both John and the Baptist recognized this.
- We have received grace upon grace (16-17)- the Law was grace, and the appearance of Jesus was grace on top of that; this verse loses its power if you think John is driving a wedge between Moses and Jesus.
- We know exactly what God is like (18)- God was un-seeable; but Jesus represents Him perfectly. If you know Jesus, you know the one true God.
The spiritual Word became a fleshly Word so that fleshly people could become spiritual people! Merry Christmas.