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There is much that is ponderable in this passage and worth commenting on. My attention was grabbed by two words that were repeated together in two verses:
Verse 14: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Verse 17: For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Grace and truth. Jesus embodied both. He was grace incarnate. He was truth incarnate.
Grace – God had always been a God of grace, but His grace had become overshadowed because of the Jews emphasis on the Law. Again and again God had treated the Jewish people in ways that they did not deserve because of their disobedience and hard-heartedness. Over and over again He showed them grace. But the law had become their taskmaster and they did not readily recognize how full of grace God was. Enter Jesus! In Jesus, through the life He lived, His death on the cross, and the power displayed at His resurrection, God’s grace was manifest in an abundantly clear and amazing way.
Truth – Truth is the compliment to grace. God was gracious but He also demanded obedience to His Word. He was forgiving but He but He was not a cosmic pushover. Jesus incarnated truth. We will see in this gospel how Jesus never backed down from speaking truth. In fact, he angered people because He told the truth – to the point that people wanted to kill him. It was because Jesus told the truth and people did not like what they heard that He was crucified.
Typically, people are either grace people or truth people. Jesus was both. He “came from the Father full of grace and truth.”
Next Week’s Passage: John 1:19-34
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