Grace and Truth
John 1: 15-18 “ (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.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 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.”
The last day of the year, 2019. How shall we end it?
We end it by thanking God that grace and truth is greater than the religious rules and duties.
What got you through the year was not the law but it was grace and truth.
A grace that is never exhausted.
A grace that is not interrupted and has no limitations.
The law can be understood and mastered by knowing its parameters.
But grace is an adventure.
No one can say where grace will take you.
This grace is an ever deepening experience of the presence and the blessing of God.
Grace is undeserved, unmerited, but it is not blind, it can see what is wrong. It can see the brokenness, the sin but it refuses to back away because truth is holding it there.
Truth is not a law, it is not a matter of facts; it is not a set of rules nor is it justice.
Truth is a person. I am the way, the truth and the life.
Truth can see the wrong. But truth says someone needs to pay and Jesus Christ says I AM THE ONE WHO HAS PAID THE PRICE, THE TRUTH.
Grace will deliver you and Truth will redeem you.
Grace will rescue you and Truth will stand for you.
Grace will sustain you and Truth will defend you.
In 2020 we will again need Grace and Truth.