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. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
I have already written a lot about grace, however, I’m adding a few more words this morning on the subject. I read these verses the other morning and have kept coming back to them. “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”.
One of the defining moments for me in my journey away from the meeting church was the meeting where the overseer said, “We do not believe in the Gospel of Grace”. His words rocked my world because I did believe in the Gospel of Grace. In retrospect, I only wish I would have gathered up my Bible and hymnbook and walked out of that meeting right then. It felt toxic to be in that room from that moment on. I know now that I could never again be part of a church group that as a whole did not believe in the Gospel of Grace.
These verses say that Jesus brought grace and truth with Him. He was FULL of both. Jesus lived the Gospel of Grace and the disciples saw it every day they were with Him. Paul wrote about it extensively in Romans and Galatians.
Why would anyone reject the story and reality of grace when it was and is Jesus Christ Himself? They cannot be separated.