And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
New Testament scholars have told us that this verse can literally be translated, "the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us". This is an obvious reference to the nation of Israel during their wilderness wanderings in Exodus. It was here that God commanded them to set up a tabernacle (tent) in the heart of the camp. When Moses sets up the tent (Exodus 40:34, 35) it is filled with God's glory, a cloud by day and fire by night.
When we get to the New Testament, God's glory is displayed through the person and work of Jesus Christ. John says, "we have seen his glory." Glory speaks to God's worth and value. How did John and the disciples see God's glory in Christ? In John 12:23, Jesus says, "the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." Jesus is speaking of the "hour" upon the cross. It is here that God is most glorified. It is upon that cross that the love of God is displayed beyond measure. It is upon the cross that the holiness of God is displayed to the maximum. A love that would die in place of His enemies and a holiness that would satisfy the just demands of the Law.
During the Christmas Season, I encourage you to behold the glory of Jesus.