Have you ever heard an eyewitness tell an unbelievable story that with their own eyes? You sit there captivated as they recount everything that happened. The fact that they saw it with own eyes makes it so believable. The Apostle John wrote his Gospel as an eyewitness. He tells us that he saw Jesus with my own eyes.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Word Became Flesh
Jesus is referred to as “The Word” in John’s Gospel. He is God’s Word to us to reveal his heart and mind. He sent his son from heaven to become a man (flesh) and dwell among us. God’s greatest revelation to man came in the form of his Son.
John is almost marveling when he says I witnessed this with my own eyes. What I am telling you is true because I was there to see everything that he did. John observed all of his glory. He was up on the Mount of Transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appeared, and Jesus’ clothes became as bright as the sun. You can trust the account of an eyewitness if they saw one event but John saw innumerable events. His Gospel is packed full of the miracles that Jesus performed.
Full of Grace
John finishes his statement with something so powerful. He tells us that the Son of God was full of grace and truth. When a Father sends a son to do some of his business, it is usually to clean up a mess and make corrections. Jesus came to clean up a mess but instead of heads rolling and judgment happening he instead brought grace and truth. He brought forgiveness to the guilty and light to those who were lost in the dark. We can trust God’s Word because many of the writers were eyewitnesses. They can say “I saw it with my own eyes.”