John, seeing that other Gospels have been written, considers an introduction to his own biography of Jesus. He knows the purpose of His coming. He knows how well His life was documented in other retellings. He knows that plenty of books could be written.
But he stops.
We saw Him. We saw God. We handled Him. We heard Him. We at with Him. That same shekinah manifestation of God in the Scriptures, walked with us and declared the Father.
The Word became Flesh, dwelled amongst us and we beheld his glory—glory as the only begotten of the Father filled with grace and truth.
That’s what we saw, he thinks to Himself. And although we beheld His glory at all points, there were times that pointed directly towards the purpose of His coming. Times which resonate with his prayer before Jerusalem.
“Father, Glorify your name!”
With the Father’s response: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
And so many didn’t recognize Him. So many saw His glory but they would not believe. Just like Isaiah said.
Flashes of Glory.