And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. [John 1:16-17]Look at that phrase “grace upon grace” or “blessing after blessing.” The first grace, or blessing, from God was the law He gave to Moses. Through that Law people came to know God’s holiness and perfection, which none of us can match on our own, and also God’s generous forgiveness which the sacrifices only symbolized, always pointing to Jesus.
The next grace, or blessing, that God gave was His own Son, Jesus Christ. The grace and truth of Jesus are the same as life and light. Life is the gracious gift of God to all His creatures, and light is the understanding of truth, the illumination of truth. True life and true light only come through faith in Jesus
No one has ever seen God, John said,
No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. [John 1:18]Jesus, the unique one and only, fully man and fully God Who is at the Father’s side, has made God known to us.
To know God, look at JesusJust as a scientist studying quantum physics can show that one particle can be in two places at the same time, the apostle John could, by his own eye witness testimony, along with John the Baptist’s, demonstrate that the Word was not only with God, but the Word actually was God, too. It seems impossible, it’s a mystery, but it is true.
Even those who were closest to God never saw Him, not Moses, not Abraham, not King David. And John agreed, only Jesus has seen God, and He has made God known to us. We now can know what God looks like, because we can see Jesus.
In what ways are you experiencing Jesus’ grace and truth right now? Maybe you’re not there yet, maybe you’re not even sure what that would look like. Keep studying, thinking, meditating and talking with God. Ask Him to help you apprehend His light and experience His life.
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