John 1:14-18 (ESV)
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[a] from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[b] 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,[c] who is at the Father's side,[d] he has made him known.
“The Word became flesh and lived among us.” When I read this line, one of the thoughts that comes to my mind is how awesome our God is! Now, you would think that after going through Sunday School, Confirmation, and Seminary I would come to the realization that our God is awesome. However, when I read this passage I am reminded of just how great God is and how much God loves God’s people, enough to send God’s Son into the world on our behalf.
For centuries, the Israelites longed for the Messiah; the one whom the prophets foretold. John is telling us “Here he is!” Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, took on human form. John tells us that we received the law from Moses but we have received something even greater through Jesus. John tells us that Christ Jesus, the Word made flesh, brings about truth and God’s grace. Through Jesus, we are reminded that there is nothing we can do to separate us from God’s love . Even when we think that we have done something that keeps us from God’s grace we are reminded that Jesus brings grace upon grace; a never-ending supply of God’s grace.
Jesus came into the world to reveal just how amazing our God is and how much God loves each and every one of us. In this passage from John, we are reminded that our God doesn’t sit on the sidelines. God chooses to enter into the world by sending his Son, Christ Jesus so that we would come to know God and the love God has for us. Through his death and resurrection, we are reminded that there is nothing we can ever do that will keep us away from God and the promises that God made with us.
We give you thanks, O God, that you sent your Son into the world to reveal to us your promise of grace and mercy. Continue to give us the strength to believe in your promises, that through your Son we have received grace upon grace and one day we all will be reunited with you in your eternal kingdom. Amen.
Written by Pastor Adam Connolly Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship firstname.lastname@example.org