Reflections on John 1:14, 16-18

Week 3: John 1:14,16-18 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… For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Jesus made the first move. He came after mankind. He left the right hand of the Father, his natural habitat, and came down to earth (talk about a downgrade) to show humanity the way to right and pure living. He was rejected, mocked, ultimately abused and killed in pursuit of humanity.

Jesus came from the Father. Jesus, God the son, and God the father are simultaneously separate and same; two autonomous beings, yet one. That said, Jesus wasn’t on some renegade mission leaving the Father’s side to undermine the will of God and rescue the lost souls. Rather, he was in the Father’s will by coming to earth and in communication with the Father throughout his time on earth..

Jesus is full of grace and truth. Both. We tend to lean toward one or the other, but Jesus is full of both grace and truth; grace does not compromise truth and truth is not void of grace. He does not hold back from speaking truth in the name of showing grace. Likewise, he does not exude grace at the expense of sharing truth. He is full of both. Grace and truth came through him.

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