by Jim Low
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
The glory of our Savior is shown in what He did and in Who He was. In His very essence He was (and is) “full of grace and truth.”
Jesus is Grace. He is the awesome, perfect and ultimate expression of grace.
How can we describe it? There are many definitions, none of which fully capture the meaning. But simply put, grace is God’s unmerited favor. A.W. Tozer said “Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits on the undeserving.” John MacArthur goes a step further: “Grace is not merely unmerited favor; it is favor bestowed on sinners who deserve wrath. Showing kindness to a stranger is ‘unmerited favor’; doing good to one’s enemies is more the spirit of grace.”
We who were once alienated from God are now part of His family because of this amazing grace! By grace we have been saved through faith (Eph. 2:8). What a gift!
Jesus is Truth. The incarnate Word of God, is the source and embodiment of all that is true.
Randy Alcorn says it well: “Truth is far more than a moral guide. Jesus declared, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life: no man come to the father buy by me’ (John 14:6). He didn’t say he would show the truth or teach the truth or model the truth. He is the truth. Truth personified. He is the source of all truth, the embodiment of truth and therefore the reference point for evaluating all truth-claims.”
Truth is far more than facts. It’s not just something we act upon. It acts upon us. We can’t change the truth, but the truth can change us. To know Jesus is to know the truth that changes us—the truth that sets us free (John 8:32)!
Grace or truth? Which way do you lean? We find in Jesus, our Messiah, grace and truth in perfect harmony.
Lord, help us to recognized and appreciate that you are full of grace and truth. Help us to live in such a way that we reflect both to the world around us. In Jesus name!