“We have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” (John 1:14). In this lab, John Piper helps us understand the glory we see at Christmas, defining glory and pulling apart the marriage of grace and truth. He also explains why we’re not at a disadvantage at all two thousand years later.
Some questions to ask as you read and study John 1:14:
- What do we learn about the glory revealed at Christmas in John 1:14? How would you put what you see in your own words?
- Why might people think, after reading this verse, that we’re at a disadvantage to the eyewitnesses during Jesus’s life? Where would you take them to change their mind? Now, read 2 Corinthians 4:4 and John 17:20 for help.
- How would you define the glory of God? What words would you use to help a friend understand glory?
Principle for Bible Reading
As you read the Bible, try to think of objections other people might raise (even if you personally do not struggle with that particular objection). For example, in this lab, John Piper wrestles with whether we’re at a historical disadvantage to those who saw Jesus in the flesh. Objections will force you to search the text more carefully, and you will often see more than you would otherwise.