The Glorious Word
In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God. The Word was God. And the Word created all things. The one who bears this title “the Word”, is the baby who was born in Bethlehem – and He was called Jesus.
This Word that was in the beginning was the Son of God. He created all things. He is heir of all things. He is the very brightness of God’s glory. The Word was actually born and lived with His people, and everyone missed who He really was. Everyone missed His glory!
Years before His coming, the Word showed His glory to the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah saw Him on a throne high and lifted up. The train of His robe filled the temple. He was attended to by seraphim angels who cried out “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. The entire earth is full of His glory.” This Lord of hosts is the same one who was born in Bethlehem – Jesus.
When Jesus was born, the Word lived among us. Some people saw glimpses of His glory, but what they saw wasn’t anything compared to the glory which He had before He was born that night! His glory was not seen by the world He created, “they knew Him not”. Nor was it seen by many of His own people, “they did not receive Him”.
Jesus laid aside His own glory and walked a lowly path with men. The One who was on the throne, high and lifted up, who holds all things together by the word of His power, who created all things for Himself, who is the All and In All, who is the brightness of God’s glory – He was born in Bethlehem, placed in a manger, and nailed to a cross. He was not known by the very world He formed and held together, not received by the very people that He loved and cared for through the wilderness and beyond.
Near the end of His life, Jesus prayed to His Father in Heaven, asking to be glorified “with the glory which I had with You before the world had begun”. He went on to pray, “Father I desire that they (His disciples) be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory.” Jesus wanted His disciples to see His glory!
The baby born in Bethlehem brought God to us. In a coming day, His desire will be fulfilled. We will be with Him where He is, and His glory will be shown to us in a greater way than we have ever experienced. Greater than what Isaiah ever experienced. We will behold His glory. And as we begin to understand His glory, we will look back to the night when the Word was born in Bethlehem, and we will marvel at the unsearchable riches of His grace towards us. That He was born in Bethlehem.