14 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. 15 (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.
This passage is a great reminder of key truths about Jesus. Two things in this passage stand out for me:
- “The Word became flesh” – Jesus is the visible expression of our invisible God. In times when we struggle to connect with God, looking at the actions of Jesus help us to know that God is righteous, forgiving, loving and compassionate. What’s more is that he dwells among us, meaning that he is not a distant God, but present in our lives.
- “Full of grace and truth” – Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and resurrection means that you and I, people who deserve God’s wrath, are instead saved, and redeemed. We have been made sinless in God’s sight because Jesus gives us grace in place of grace already given – grace in overflow!
This passage has encouraged me to express my thankfulness to God that Jesus is here and is involved in my life. I’ve also been challenged to continuously accept the gift of grace that Jesus extends towards me, and to take heart that my sins have been forgiven.
Lord, thank you for the overflowing grace and truth which come from Jesus. Thank you that when I believe in you and repent from sin, that I am forgiven. Lord, please help me to remember to acknowledge you in all my ways, and to turn away from sinful actions. Thank you that you are with me in all seasons of life. Amen.
Written by Ps. Andie Molteno