“In the beginning…” starts John’s Gospel, “was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.” (John 1: 1-3) John tells us that God was there in the beginning with the word. “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The rest of the gospel details the evidence of that glory and, more surprisingly, our participation in it.
God’s glory in John is experiencing Jesus first hand. It is like being in the heart of a fireworks show rather than watching it on TV. To be there in person means that you see first hand the light, you feel the thunder of the explosions, you find yourself breathless by the amazing colors and designs, you are caught up in the majesty and power and wonder and extraordinary transcendence of it all. Not only are the sights amazing but looking around and seeing the reactions on other people’s faces, hearing the oooo’s and the ahhhh’s from the assembly gathered is what makes the entire experience special. Everyone’s eyes are filled with wonder, and for a moment we are all connected with one another…….