The Heavenly has an Earthly Connection
The writer begins with those famous lines, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
One of the reoccurring questions that bubbles to the surface here and there on the otherwise stagnant pond of today’s church is, “How can I know God better?” The deepest desire of a believer ought to be a more intimate connection with his Creator, John, reported to be the disciple who had that connection with Jesus more than any of the others, tells us the secret to knowing God.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth...No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:14, 18).
To know Jesus is to know God. Those who say they have faith in God but don’t believe in Jesus are deluded. Those who believe they can approach God without coming through the cross are deceived, and doomed to more than just disappointment.
Twice John refers to Jesus as “the One and Only.” He clearly states that Jesus was not only “with” God, but that He was God Himself.
Glory, grace and truth are found in Jesus. Jesus, the Man; Jesus, the visible expression of an invisible God, shows us the Father. The arms of the cross that embraced the Man, provide for us a way to embrace God and to experience just a small part of that relationship that will be perfected in heaven. The heavenly has an earthly connection.